Each week the Gwinnett Daily Post profiles the business men and women who help drive the success of local companies and small businesses alike. Interested in a profile? Call Doug Sams, business reporter, at 770 963-9205, ext. 1321, or e-mail him at doug.sams@gwinnettdailypost.com.

Name: Sam O'Briant, Duke Realty Corp.'s senior vice president, Atlanta Industrial Group. Duke Realty is a major player in office and industrial development in Gwinnett County.

Age: 43

Tenure: One year with Duke and 17 years in commercial real estate. O'Briant started with a development company that specialized in multifamily real estate

On the nightstand: "Killer Angels," by Michael Shaara

Rooting interest: Falcons, Braves, but closest allegiance is to the University of North Carolina Tar Heels

Mentor: John Lennon, (not The Beatles singer) of Central Carolina Bank. "He is the first person I worked for and he taught me 'integrity above all else.'"

Top trend: Significant growth in the major distribution cities - Atlanta, Dallas, Chicago, Los Angeles and northern New Jersey - and port activity because of the increasing influence of imports.

Recipe for success:

Creativity