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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Name: Al Hansen, chief executive officer of EMS Technologies in Norcross, a wireless communication systems company and top-15 employer in Gwinnett
TENURE: Five years with EMS
RESPONSIBILITY: Oversees all actions related to the company functions and financial performance.
ON THE NIGHTSTAND: "Execution: The Business of Getting Things Done," by Larry Bossidy, Ram Charan and Charles Burck
ROOTING INTEREST: "Big Braves fan. I admire the leadership and concern that Bobby Cox shows to his players. A lesson to all on how to be successful."
DOWNTIME: "Cruise to Hawaii. Fourteen days of quiet and relaxing without, or almost without, any direct communications."
MENTOR: "I never had a mentor. I always watched successful businesspersons and took the best attributes and discarded what I considered undesirable traits."
WHAT ALLOWS SUCCESS: "Integrity. Without this, you will fail not only in business but also in life."
GREATEST RISK: "While working at Lockheed Martin managing two advanced, development aircraft and attempting to solve major engineering challenges while attempting to stay on schedule and within budgeted costs. Managing these multimillion dollar projects was extremely difficult. However, in the end they were
WHAT'S DRIVING YOUR INDUSTRY: Explosion in telecommunications technology. "New products continually change our lives with faster, mobile