Vince Brockman has two clear passions: family and nature. Both led him to a fulfilling career as general counsel of The Scotts Miracle-Gro Co.
As the youngest of seven children, Brockman looked up to his father, who at one time was general counsel of Wise Potato Chip Co. Brockman’s father encouraged him to forgo an undergraduate engineering degree and instead major in history, a subject in which he was truly interested. He then went on to law school at Ohio State University.
A: When I was hired, the company had elements of a compliance program but really wanted me to take over. We created a toll-free helpline and invested in training, including live case study-based ethics training. There are a couple different ways you can approach being chief ethics and compliance officer. You can stay up every night and worry that you’re responsible for everything, or you can create a culture where people want to comply and bring issues forward. There are always going to be problems—it’s how you deal with them that matters.