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CEO seeks natty dressers, big talkers

Impress Ron Shaw with clean fingernails

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If Hollywood made a movie about Ron Shaw’s life, they’d call it “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Boardroom.” Shaw began his career as a professional comedian performing the opening act for such stars as Liberace and Rosemary Clooney. Now he’s CEO of Pilot Pen Corp. and the author of Pilot Your Life (Prentice Hall, 2001).

Shaw left comedy for a “regular” job when he and his wife became parents. He joined Pilot in 1975, when sales totaled $2 million. Under his leadership, sales have increased steadily to $200 million this year.

WS: You write that you never disregard physical appearance in hiring. Is that a reliable way to hire top people?

Shaw: I’m not talking about whether someone’s handsome or svelte. I want to hire and promote people who take pride in how they look. Listen, I’m not exceptionally thin. I’ve got a paunch. But I do what I can to look neat and pressed and clean. You have to have a look of success about...(register to read more)

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