Public Service in Private Sector

Public Service in Private Sector

Paul Toback

9.18.2006

Paul Toback

Paul Toback joined Bally Total Fitness in 1997 where he served as president and CEO from 2002 until August of 2006. Before joining Bally, he was CEO of Globetrotters Engineering Corporation, a worldwide engineering, management and development company. Toback also served as executive assistant to the chief of staff in the Clinton White House. His White House responsibilities included helping lead the planning and execution of the 1994 Summit of the Americas and the successful NAFTA campaign. Toback has also served as director of administration for the City of Chicago under Mayor Richard M. Daley and as an attorney with the Chicago law firm of Katten & Zavis.

Paul Toback, the former president and CEO of Bally Total Fitness, discusses the crossover between public service into the private sector. The former Clinton White House official uses a case study of obesity in the United States to examine the importance of his public sector work in addressing the chronic problem of obesity within the private sector. Toback also provides his lessons on leadership and management that have allowed him to succeed in both government and the business world, emphasizing risk-taking and integrity as the foundation for any successful leader.