Born: Redlands, Calif.
Education: Graduated from Ohio State University
Career: President, National Cable Television Assn., 1979-84; chief executive, Cellular Telecommunications & Internet Assn., 1992-2004; chairman, Foundation for the National Archives, 2001-07; managing director, Core Capital Partners, 2005-13; member, Obama-Biden Transition Project Agency Review Working Group, 2008-09
Interests: Historian, author of two books: "Take Command: Leadership Lessons of the Civil War" (Doubleday, 2000) and "Mr. Lincoln's T-Mails: The Untold Story of How Abraham Lincoln Used the Telegraph to Win the Civil War" (HarperCollins, 2006)
Family: Married, with two children and three grandchildren