Eddie Maloney, President, Cowboy Maloney’s Electric City, Jackson, Miss.
My parents taught me the harder you work, the luckier you get. My father had a gas station in Washington, D.C. He had some health issues, so they moved back home to Jackson and he got into the millwork business, then the homebuilder business. Then he started supplying himself with merchandise, and that’s how he got into the appliance and electronics business. Mom was the bookkeeper with all of it.
My father was known as Cowboy. He was larger than life. He was the kind of person who could walk into a room of a thousand people, and within a very short period of time all thousand would know he was there. Most of them would like him.
My mother was very quiet, but you never wanted to make her mad. I’m a lot like her. It takes a lot to make me mad, but my problem is that I hold grudges. My dad, he’d get mad and he’d be over it in a few seconds. I don’t do that, so I try not to get mad.