Chairman and former CEO, W. W. Grainger, Inc. Former executive, Cummins Engine Co.
Dick Keyser spent the first few years of his career shouldering a heavy responsibility—as a submarine officer. It taught him how to manage a situation, a skill that he later used in business, where he became head of W. W. Grainger, Inc., a Fortune 500 company.
The 1950s were the height of the Cold War, and patriotic sentiment ran high. I responded—by applying to the U.S. Naval Academy—because I believed it was the right thing to do. My years at Annapolis brought me into close contact with men of extraordinary courage and character. They would be my role models for years to come.