Position: Chief operating officer, Lee Technologies Group Inc. in Fairfax, which keeps companies' critical electric and mechanical equipment working. Blue will also continue as chief financial officer.
Career highlights: Chief financial officer, Lee Technologies; executive vice president and chief financial officer, MJ Property North America Ltd.; vice president of finance and director of asset management, Henry A. Long; chief financial officer, Scott-Long Construction; and, manager, Arthur Young & Co.
Education: BBA, accounting and minor in finance, James Madison University. Certified public accountant.
Personal: Lives in Oakton with wife, Margaret.
How did you get to where you are?
I've followed pretty much the traditional steps in working up the corporate ladder. Some people live to work, others work to live. From the standpoint of my career and even now, I fall in the former category: I live to work. Although I don't expect all people to adopt the philosophy, I hope that some of the passion and positive outlook that I have for the workplace is contagious to others. Each and every job I've ever had, I've strived to be passionate about what I do, learn as much as possible and strived to work for the collective good of the company. I've always enjoyed the challenges that the workplace offers and the interaction among the people that I meet. Regardless of any position you have in a company, you need to remember two rules: Serve the organization, and follow your own moral convictions.
Although my career has been varied, some of most important lessons learned were from working with a foreign family for over a decade. The time provided a wealth of education and experience regarding dealing with people from different cultures and learning what others consider to be important and successful from both a business and personal standpoint.
My motivation is primarily to take something that I perceive as being either good or very good and making it better. In terms of challenges, two immediately come to mind. The most recent involves transitioning from working for a small company, where most of the business decisions and corporate direction was made by an owner and me, to a larger company, with a traditional management structure. Managing and providing leadership to people is a hard, never-ending process that requires continual efforts for self improvement and a good degree of humility. A second occurred earlier in my career during a difficult economic period where hard decisions were necessary as whether or not to continue to operate a business. After all the numbers and dollars were analyzed, a decision was basically made on the trust and confidence people had in each other to persevere and work toward a common goal. . . .
Unfortunately, I can remember many more failures than successes. It is difficult to pinpoint any single success. I would have to say that in retrospect that my greatest success in business have been the relationships developed and friends that I have made throughout my career. I still have very close friends now that have been made in every job I've had, and cherish the thought that on a personal level, they will last for a lifetime.
-- Judith Mbuya