Peyton says he learned from his father, Herb Peyton — the company’s founder — that the most important person in business is the person who interacts with the customer. “It was critical for me to learn the company from the ground up and work a wide variety of positions so that I could appreciate all that employees face every day,” he says. “This experience was more valuable than anything I learned in a classroom.”

EDUCATION Mercer University (BA), Harvard Business School Executive Education program graduate
FLORIDA ISSUE Needed reforms to the civil justice system that will prevent abusive practices that harm businesses and drive up costs for consumers
ALTERNATE CAREER? In college, my dream was to be in broadcast journalism. Although if I were in school today, I’m not sure I would choose that degree over again.
PHILANTHROPIC PASSION Early literacy is a cause I feel very passionately about as it is one of the best indicators for success of a child.

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