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Robin L. Shuler.

Robin Shuler says the best advice he ever received was from his college roommate, shortly after a double date: "You should stick with that one. She's a prize," he said, referring to Shuler's wife, Ellen, to whom he's been married for 34 years. That advice, Shuler says, was a precursor to the best decision he's ever made.

Name: Robin L. Shuler, CPA, MBA

Goes By: Rob

Title: Chief Financial Officer for the Seattle Symphony; Chief Operations Officer for Benaroya Hall

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Business: Seattle Symphony, musical performing arts at Benaroya Hall in Seattle

Born: Medford, Ore., November 1952

Spouse: Ellen, since March 20, 1976

Children: Two sons, Ian, 28; and Darin, 26

Education Summary: CPA, State of Washington, 1983; MBA, University of Puget Sound, 1980; BA, Accounting, Seattle Pacific University, 1976

Career Summary: URS Corp., Accountant to Director, Finance & Accounting, Seattle, 1976-86; ESCA Corp., Controller, Bellevue, Wash., 1986-88, St. Catherine's/Evergreen Court Retirement Living, CFO, North Bend, Ore., 1989-90; W&H Pacific Inc., CFO, Bellevue, Wash., 1990-93; AGI Technologies Inc., CFO, Bellevue, Wash., 1993-96; Abacus Engineered Systems Inc., CFO, Seattle, 1996-2001; Compass Financial Management LLC, Principal, Kirkland Wash., 2001-04; Qualis Health, CFO & Vice President, Finance & Administration, Seattle, 2003-09; Seattle Symphony, CFO and Benaroya Hall, COO, Seattle, 2009-Present

FEI Chapter: Washington State Chapter, member since 2001. President-elect and Secretary of chapter.

Leisure Pursuits: | attend Seattle Symphony and Benaroya Hall musical events, of course! I also share season tickets for the Seattle Mariners baseball club (25 games in the 2010 season); enjoy musical performances and plays (especially at intiman Theatre in Seattle); travel (to Mexico or Hawaii); college sports (especially football and basketball); movies; reading books; playing games (like Scrabble, cribbage or chess); and easy hiking.

Time Management: Stay wired with a PDA, cellphone and Outlook calendar; keep a prioritized action items "to-do" list; prioritize using Covey's 7 Habits; and review daily notes to update action items.

Stress Management: De-stress at the end of each day and take breaks and walks to get away from my desk/office. Also listen to music and the symphony at Benaroya Hall (Symphony rehearsals and performances are piped in to my office).

Favorite Books: I enjoy a good book that makes me think, but can still be a good beach-read or make a long plane ride seem short. Some favorites include Trinity, by Leon Uris; Winds of War, by Herman Wouk; The Poisonwood Bible, by Barbara King solver; The First Circle and Cancer Ward, by Alexander Solzhenitsyn.

If I could, I'd spend an hour with: John Wooden. While at UCLA, he won more basketball games and NCAA national championships than any coach in history. Yet his legacy is teaching about how to live a life of integrity--his pyramid of success. Many of his players came from rough backgrounds, but Coach Wooden taught them to win, and more: He taught them about life.

Who is your hero? Roberto Clemente, the all-time great outfielder of the Pittsburgh Pirates. Athletes are often considered to have an expectation that they should be role models, and nearly all of them disappoint. Clemente was a rare exception. He was a great athlete and also a compassionate person who cared deeply for people and his family Even in death, he died in service to others, in a plane crash while delivering aid to the people of Nicaragua after a horrific earthquake.

Most Challenging Job: Turnaround situations are always difficult, due to problems (poor cash flow, compounding losses, lack of capital, etc.) that must be tackled with inadequate resources. I've been in several successful turnarounds, which are always challenging and gratifying.

What Inspires You? It's trite but true: On their deathbed, no one ever says, "Gee, I wish I'd spent more time at the office."

Email: robin.shuler@seattle.symphony.org

--edited by Ellen Heffes
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