The 37th Director of the Mint, Henrietta Holsman-Fore, did a great job improving the manufacturing processes. When she became the Undersecretary of Management for the Department of State, the White House and the U.S. Department of the Treasury began a search for the new Director.
Now the Mint needed a strategic leader to provide vision in an era of growing electronic commerce and its impact on cash transactions, and a business executive to improve the mint’s performance and culture.
After considering many candidates, Treasury Secretary John Snow and Director of Presidential Personnel Liza Wright mutually agreed that I was the best candidate based on the strategic leadership I had done during my time in working private equity and my record of delivering results in my corporate career and at the White House.
Then Liza met with the President and Chief of Staff to present and discuss the recommendation of me.
My wife and I were having dinner at one of our favorite Southwestern restaurants on a warm summer Virginia evening. We were excited that earlier that day, we got our official referral from China to adopt our first daughter. We were waiting for our food to arrive and were in the middle of drafting an email to a pediatric physician friend to review the referral when I got a call from the White House.
It was Liza calling to let me know that the President was pleased to approve the recommendation to make me the 38th Director of the Mint.
It’s not many times in your life that you get two life changing blessings on the same day.
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