Ben Pauluhn | 35

Current hometown: Mount Dora.

Occupation: President, Optimus Solar, Mount Dora.

My first job: Tennis racket stringer—“The Racketman.”

Greatest career accomplishment: Bringing hot water and renovated teacher houses to a boarding school in rural Eastern Cape, South Africa.

Business philosophy: Transparency, honesty, professionalism. Serve others generously.

Leader I admire: Abraham Lincoln.

Away from the job, I enjoy: Cycling alongside my wife with our 2-year-old son in tow. Working on land conservation projects.

Hidden talent: I am a 4-handicap in golf.

Pet peeve: Tardiness.