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Meet the Dallas 500: Lee Bird, CEO of At Home Group

Bird was born in Cape Cod and took the helm of At Home in 2012.

Portrait of Lee BirdThe home goods retailer Lee Bird leads has had a busy year. In the last 12 months, the company crossed $1.2 billion in sales and opened its 200th store. Bird, who was born in Cape Cod, Massachusetts, took the helm of At Home in 2012.

Education:
Babson College (MBA), Ithaca College (BS-Finance)

First Job:
“I was a dishwasher at age 14 at a local restaurant, and I learned the value of a college education.” 

Fun Fact:
“My wife and I have eight children.”

What Keeps Me Up at Night:
“I do my very best to live my life with the proper perspective; I try to not let anything get me so worked up that I lose sleep.”

Advice For an 18-Year-Old Me:
“Never give up on your dreams.”

Scary Experience:
“We had an emergency landing of a private jet and the runway had to be covered in foam, as our landing gear was compromised.”

How I Motivate:
“Give them the ‘why.’ Once you get folks invested in the strategy for an action, people put their all into the effort.”

Lesson Learned:
“Constant innovation is the key to success.”

Who’d Play Me in a Biopic:
“George Clooney, because I wish I was that good looking.”

Car I Drive:
“Ford Explorer”

Beverage of Choice:
“Lemonade”

Bucket List:
“Visiting The Great Pyramid of Giza” 


This Q&A is extended content from the Dallas 500, a special edition produced by D CEO that profiles the region’s most influential business leaders. Visit www.dallas500.com for details.

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