Nick Di Tempora, former president of MAPEI Americas, fields questions at a special MIT event.

Nick Di Tempora, former president of MAPEI Americas, spoke this summer at an exclusive masters program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's conference center in Dedham, Mass. Hosted jointly by the Entrepreneurs' Organization and MIT, the exclusive three-year program brings together 60 high-growth entrepreneurs for executive education.

Di Tempora spoke about business strategy, leadership and entrepreneurial excellence. During his presentation, Mr. Di Tempora drew on experiences from his partnership at MAPEI.

“I was most impressed by the curiosity of these young business owners,” Di Tempora said of the event. ”The question they asked most often was how I chose the business world as the arena for my success. I began working in business at a very young age to help support my family; and I found I had a talent for successfully negotiating business deals, first for the companies I worked for and later for my own companies.”

In his speech and during the discussion session that followed, Di Tempora stressed that being truthful and consistent in his personal and corporate dealings were the greatest factors in his success. He also thanked MIT and the Entrepreneurs' Organization for inviting him to speak. "It was a great honor,” he said.