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Q: Why were you chosen for this job? A: That’s a good question. [Laughs.] I’ve known John Eyler since 1989 or 1990, long before he became the chief executive officer of Toys “R” Us. We’ve been friends for more than a decade. We both had homes in the same community in Orlando, Fla. We met playing golf; we were opponents in a tournament. Over the years, we’ve done a number of things together, John and I and our families. A part of our friendship has been to discuss the things we were doing. So I was aware of his career challenges and developments, both at FAO Schwartz and here at Toys “R” Us. He was aware of the work that I had done essentially as an outside general counsel, working almost on the inside, for several significant clients in central Florida. Over the summer, when he decided he needed to have a general counsel, he made an offer to me. Q: So how’s your golf game? A: It’s OK, but not as good as John’s. I think I’m a 12, and he’s about a seven handicap. Where we lived in Orlando is a golf-course community called Isleworth. Tiger Woods lives there, as does Mark O’Meara; Payne Stewart was a member before his untimely death; and a number of other tour professionals. It’s a beautiful place with a wonderful golf course. Shaquille O’Neal lives there as well. Actually [laughs] we have a tremendous basketball team. [Laughter.] Penny Hardaway used to live there; Tracey MacGrady, and so on. When I was living in Florida, I tried to play every weekend. Now, I play every weekend. [Laughs.] That’s because my wife and daughter are still living in Orlando and I commute on the weekends. My daughter is a senior in high school, and we really didn’t want to take her out of her last year. Next year she’ll be in college, and we’ll have a home in the Westchester County area, and we may join a country club there at that time. We bought a lot, and we’re building a home in Purchase. We’ve been very, very happy in Orlando; we were there for 17 years. My wife and I had met in high school in the St. Louis area. After I went to law school at Duke University, I moved back to Missouri; we lived in Kansas City. Then, we were on a vacation in Orlando before the birth of our daughter, staying with some of my law school friends, and that led us to move from Kansas City [and I joined] as partner in Orlando. I would’ve been content to stay in Florida for the rest of my career. But this is an incredibly challenging opportunity here; something vastly different than what I’ve ever done before; and there’s a great group of people here. So here I am. Q: Who serve as your role models? A: Growing up, [my role models were] my father and my uncle, who just retired as a bishop of the Episcopal Church for the state of Michigan. My role model today? I take a great deal of strength from some friends whom I dearly love. One of them is the chairman for the Universal Studios recreation group worldwide, Tom Williams. They are great friends. They are great people. They care about other people, and they demonstrate it in everything they do. They place integrity ahead of profits. John Eyler is the same way. Jeff O’Hara, who was a COO for Darden Restaurants for years, a friend — they all have these characteristics. These are the people that inspire me. I think that success comes because people think of others rather than themselves. You need to have that perspective. I don’t know many people that have been truly successful for very long that put themselves first and foremost all the time. I also find the pastor at our church in Orlando to be a great inspiration. His name is Howard Eddington. Our Presbyterian church is the fifth-largest in the country. His sermons are videotaped, and then the next week they’re broadcast to, I’m told, more than a million households every Sunday morning. It’s great. I miss him quite a bit. Whenever I go back after the sermon, I always give him a hug and vice versa. But I commute to Florida quite a bit right now. And when I miss his sermons, they’re mailed to me. I teach an adult Sunday class, have for the last decade or so. I’ll obviously miss that because when you’re forced to teach, you really learn. Q: By the way, what is your favorite toy? A: A golf club!

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