William H. Child
The iconic American businessman Warren Buffet has noted that Bill Child made his home furnishings business a success by following a simple, golden rule: treating others as he’d like to be treated himself. Child began wanting nothing more than a chance to be a history teacher, but when his father-in-law, R.C. Willey, unexpectedly died, leaving his appliance business indebted and disorganized, he bravely took it on. From a one-room store in rural Syracuse, Utah, to a “jewel of a company” sold to Berkshire Hathaway, the company flourished under Child’s sound, principled management—part of which was not opening on Sundays, contrary to conventional wisdom. His hard work, honesty, and consistency (in 40 years Child missed only two days of work from illness) were the backbone of the company’s steady expansion to become a billion-dollar retail furniture business. Those core values are at work in his family of eight children, many of whom have worked in the business. Child sits on many boards and has many philanthropic accomplishments, including serving on the BYU President’s Leadership Council.