You What?

Mark Dooley, CEO, Dupont Hospital
Jul 7, 2023
Jeffrey Crane
You What?

Do you have a nickname? Not really, although my granddaughter calls me Biggie.

Describe yourself in three words. Christian, integrity, family-focused.

What book has had the greatest impact on you? This is an easy one for me. The Bible.

What is your favorite part of your job? Working with incredible people from so many different walks of life and knowing that, together, we make a positive impact on lives every day.

What was your first job? Delivering newspapers on my bike when I was 10 years old.

What is your greatest accomplishment? Raising five amazing children in partnership with my beautiful wife, Shelly.

What is your dream job? I really love what I do, but it would be a lot of fun to be an anchor or reporter at ESPN.

If Hollywood made a movie about your life, whom would you like to cast as you? Even though there is no resemblance, my favorite actor is Al Pacino so I would choose him.

If you could travel anywhere, where would you go? My wife and I have several places we would like to go. I think Ireland is close to the top of our list.

What profession would you never try? Trying to be a professional dancer is something that I, nor anyone else would want to see.

If you could solve one major problem, what would it be? The extreme and unfortunate divisions in our country.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given? It is more important to be respected than to be liked.

What is the best gift you have ever been given? My gift of salvation from God.

If you hosted a talk show, who would be your first guest? University of Alabama head football coach Nick Saban to talk about leadership.

What is one important skill you think everyone should have? The ability to listen and be empathetic.

What skill would you like to master? I would like to learn a foreign language.

What age do you wish you could permanently be and why? I wouldn’t want to be any specific age permanently. I have learned so much at every different stage of my life.

What is the strangest thing you’ve ever eaten? I ate a chicken heart one time and it wasn’t even a dare!

If you received enough money to never need to work again, what would you spend your time doing? I would figure out how to best use the money to make a positive impact and help people most in need.

When was the last time you tried something new? A few years ago my wife and I decided to take flying lessons and I became a licensed private pilot.

If you had to teach someone one thing, what would you teach? I would teach people to have empathy for others. You never know what the person next to you might be going through.

What gets you excited and driven to achieve? Meeting goals and targets, and being ahead on the “scoreboard” drives me. It is so much more rewarding knowing that meeting our goals helps people live healthier lives.

If you could go back in time, once, and change a single thing, what would it be? I wouldn’t change anything, as I believe everything in life has contributed to who I am as a person today.

What is your earliest memory? My earliest memory is when I was around the age of five and insisted on wearing a purple velour outfit to school and church. It was as bad as it sounds.

What is something that never fails to make you laugh? My children when we are all together. 

In what city did you grow up? I grew up in Terre Haute, Indiana.

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? I was sure I was going to be a professional athlete .

What famous person would you most like to meet? Jesus.

What do you love most about Fort Wayne? We love the friendliness of the people and the variety of options for dinner and entertainment. Fort Wayne is a great place to live.

What would you choose as your last meal? Probably pizza.

Who would you invite to your dream dinner party (living, dead, famous, real or fictional)? Jesus, my wife Shelly and basketball coach John Wooden.

What three items would you want with you if you were stranded on a desert island (other than food and water)? My Bible, something that can make fire and a tarp for shelter. I’m assuming people don’t count as items, because my family would be at the top of my list.

If you had a time machine, where and to what time period would you travel? I would love to travel back a couple hundred  years to watch the construction of some of the great historical buildings. It amazes me how those were built with so little technology.

Where will you go on your next vacation? I’m not sure of the exact spot, but definitely on a beach somewhere.

If you could give your 15 year-old self advice, what would it be? Learn all you can from every experience you are in.

Name one person who has inspired you in your life. My wife inspires me to always be the best person I can be.

What was the last gift you gave someone? I brought flowers to my wife.

What is the most productive time of day for you? Early morning. I prepare myself for the day with Bible reading, devotion and prayer, and that sets the stage for a productive day.

What moment in your life would you most like to go back and relive? July 9, 1999 — the day Shelly and I were married. 

When were you happiest? Right now at this stage of my life.

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