Greg Swartzendruber

Greg SwartzendruberAge: 39

Occupation: Director of business development, Hunter Companies

Greatest professional achievements: Yet to come.

Mentors: Jeff and Pat Swartzendruber (parents)

Best advice you ever received: The empty wagon makes the most noise. This was something my grandfather would say. The saying is meant to be open for interpretation, but I have always felt that it means those who are not doing fulfilling work feel the most empty – and they are most likely to vocalize their displeasure. What has driven my activity in the community is to try to make what we have better through action. Personally, I cannot stand those who point out problems but offer no solutions. Thus, the empty wagon makes the most noise.

What would most people be surprised to learn about you: I have never had a cup of coffee.

How do you ensure a balance between work and your personal life: I just try to match my behaviors with my values.

What do you know now that you wish you had known earlier in your career: The consequences of your choices will impact your future opportunities.

What’s something people should know about your generation in the workplace: We are the connection between those who never had a computer in their schools and those who have known nothing but school with computers.

If you had $1 million to give, what causes would you support: Blank Children’s Hospital NICU, and local charities I am currently involved with.

What is your biggest passion: Creating solutions locally; not just pointing out the problems, but offering resources to make things better.