Tag: Friends of Olin

Honored as one of Olin’s 2015 Distinguished Alumni, Dr. Steve Miller, is also a great friend and supporter of the business school community. This is the first in a series featuring “Friends of Olin” from the Office of Corporate Relations.

Dr. Steve Miller has served as Chief Medical Officer at Express Scripts since 2006, focusing on supporting government relations, leading the Pharmacy & Therapeutics committee, managing the Medical Affairs team and interfacing with client groups.

Steven Miller (EMBA 2002), is Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer of Express Scripts Holding Company. ©Photo by Jerry Naunheim Jr.

Steven Miller (EMBA 2002), is Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer of Express Scripts Holding Company.
©Photo by Jerry Naunheim Jr.

He received his medical degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and he trained in the Pathology and Research fellowship at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Internal Medicine at the University of Colorado, Nephrology at Washington University, and did a cardiology research fellowship at University of California-San Francisco. Miller earned his MBA at Olin.

Dr. Miller has presented the commencement address for EMBA Class 40 and Shanghai EMBA Class 11 in December of 2013 and worked with Alumni and Development so that Express Scripts could be a host for the 2014 Olin Alumni Reception. He continues to be involved in the success of Olin Business School.

He exemplifies a Friend of Olin. Friends are those who are giving of their time, their knowledge, share their years of experience, open the doors of their companies to students and faculty, helping Olin build better leaders.

What has been one of your most valuable experiences at Olin Business School?
SM: I benefited from every experience provided by the EMBA program. Probably the one that stands out the most was HR and Organizational Development taught by the legendary former head of HR at Monsanto, Robert Berra. His pragmatic approach to managing and developing people continues to influence me daily. Companies are really about their people and he took it past the talk and taught you how to execute.

What is the most compelling thing your mentor has shared with/done for you?
SM: Early in my career, I had a mentor who taught me “equanimity” and “imperturbability.” This is the quality of being calm even in the most difficult of situations. As a physician, this is really important as it promotes clarity of thoughts and reassurance to patients, their loved ones and healthcare colleagues. It has proven equally important in business as it promotes top performance from our teams.

What are the 3 biggest challenges facing leaders today?
SM: The top challenge continues to be about people. Finding, hiring, developing and retaining top talent is mission critical for any organization. Second in my mind is dealing with change, especially the speed of change. Not everyone embraces change but it is inevitable. The third big challenge is regulatory burden. While most all regulations are well intended, there are always unintended consequences. Finding the right balance is very difficult.

What is the one behavior or trait you have seen impede leaders’ careers?
SM: It always has to be about the mission and not about the person. If you put the mission first, the leader usually benefits also. When it becomes about the leader first then both fail.

Tell us about a pivotal moment in your career.
SM: Without sounding too solicitous, getting my MBA was the pivotal moment in my career. Healthcare is somewhat of a cottage industry. Top leaders are often given positions because they were the best clinicians or scientists. Unfortunately, as the field grew into one of the largest segments of our economy, those skills alone were inadequate to manage. It has often contributed to the slow progress we have made in how we provide care in this country. Combining an MBA with my medical degree, clinical and research experiences has allowed me to make a much bigger impact.

What are you grateful for today? Why?
SM: I am the most fortunate person I know. I have a spectacular wife/best friend, three amazing kids, great friends and family, a wonderful career of purpose and good health. What more could anyone desire?

Who’s your favorite business speaker or author? Why?
SM: My favorite business author/speaker is Dr. Bob Lefton of Psychological Associates here in St. Louis. I teach his Q4 model to everyone who works for me. It provides a framework for communication and behaviors that really helps to create high performing teams.

The Executive MBA cohorts from St. Louis and Kansas City rejoined each other for the kickoff of Leadership Residency at the Charles F. Knight Executive Education Center on Sunday, February 8. Following an afternoon in the classroom, they set off to enjoy the sights and sounds of St. Louis as a collective cohort.

Leadership Residency is the hallmark of Olin’s Executive MBA program when midway through the 20-month curriculum, the cohorts come together for a week of assessments, peer feedback and internal and external reflection. Students through the years call Leadership Residency a transformative experience.

EMBA 44’s residency included a visit from Jerry Bowe, CEO of Vi-Jon. Jerry joined the executive students to share his path to leadership and what he learned along the way, including 15 tips to keep in your pocket as you increase your responsibility in an organization, a community or otherwise. Among the 15 tips were:

  • Don’t believe your own press or it will kill you
  • Stay grounded; stay humble
  • Get out of the office and embrace the people in your organization.
  • Always act with integrity
  • Learn from but forget your mistakes
  • Encourage debate
  • Too many priorities means there is no priority
  • Define key metrics and watch them
  • Be optimistic

Two members of Executive MBA 44 experience Jerry in action daily as members of the Vi-Jon team. Stephanie Truitt heads up Human Resources for the organization and Krista Whaley oversees the company’s quality control.

Following a thoughtful Q&A session with Jerry, the students headed to their breakout rooms for the continuation of Leadership Residency assessments, discussion and learning.

About Jerry Bowe
Jerry Bowe joined Vi-Jon in July 2011 as Chief Executive Officer. For the last twenty years, Jerry has been leading companies in manufacturing and service related businesses.

From 2008 to 2011, Jerry served as Chief Executive Officer of the holding company for Masterplan and ReMedPar, two businesses which service and supply parts for clinical engineering and diagnostic imaging devices in hospitals. Prior to his assignment at Masterplan, Jerry was the Chairman of Avery Weigh-Tronix, Inc. Jerry joined the company as Chief Executive Officer in May 2002 and was promoted to Chairman in 2007. Avery Weigh-Tronix is a leading manufacturer of electronic weighing components and systems for the industrial, commercial retail and consumer markets. Prior to joining Avery Weigh-Tronix, Jerry held a number of positions with Malden Mills Industries, Inc., a leading textile manufacturer, including Chief Operating Officer between 1981 and early 2002. Jerry was a consultant and manager at Bain & Company from 1983 to 1988; a consultant at Arthur D. Little Company, Inc. from 1981 to 1983; and a manager at International Paper Inc. from 1976 to 1978.

Jerry received his B.A. from Dartmouth College and his M.B.A. from the Amos Tuck School of Business Administration.

Pictured above: Jerry Bowe, Vi-Jon CEO with Executive MBA students and Vi-Jon leaders, Stephanie Truitt and Krista Whaley, and Professor Stuart Bunderson