Aug. 15 2014
It's all about family. To most of us, it has always been about family. Many of us were fortunate to be born into families that gave us unconditional love, which we later passed along to our own families. ...
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May 16 2014
John Buchek’s grandfather was also named John. He grew up, married, and was raising a family in Moulton, a small Texas town somewhere between San Antonio and Houston. But when their son, Harvey, ...
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Nov. 16 2011
Burton S. Sperber learned the landscape business at an early age, working at a nursery in North Hollywood, California, after school. When the owner of the nursery passed away, Burt and his father bought ...
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April 21 2008
As a young man, Burt Sperber knew what he wanted to do with the rest of his life. In his wildest imagination, he never dreamed that the company he founded would achieve such heights ...
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April 21 2008
Never afraid to get his hands dirty, Carl McCord, the son of farmers in the Abilene, Texas area, knew how to work the soil and grow plants. However, when he was growing up he thought he wanted to pursue ...
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Nov. 16 2009
Even from the other side of the world, I knew that America was the land of opportunity for everyone. This was what Carlos Chavarria said to me when I asked him what made him come to the United States ...
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Feb. 15 2013
We meet new people almost every day, but there are some, more than others, that seem to stand out from the crowd. That is my impression of Ronald (everyone calls him Chase) Tew. He’s a man on the ...
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March 1 2007
Chic Kelty will be the first to admit that if he had the chance to do it over again, he would do some things differently. On the other hand, maybe it was because of these life experiences that Kelty is ...
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Feb. 1 2007
As with many corporate executives, Roger Mongeon, a chemical engineer who worked for Union Carbide, found himself being transferred around the provinces of Canada. His children were growing up, and moving ...
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March 14 2014
His father had a heating and air conditioning company, so Elmore was no stranger to the business. “When I was out of school on holiday breaks or during the summer, I would go to the office with my ...
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April 1 2005
Some kids, when they’re in sixth or seventh grade, dream of being a policeman, a fireman, an actor, a nurse ...
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Nov. 17 2014
From his early childhood, growing up in northern Virginia, Chris Spain loved the outdoors. In high school, he ran track, but some of the most important lessons he learned in his youth was when he was a ...
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Sept. 15 2014
Growing up in Elgin, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago, little did Chris Vernon realize the path his life would take ...
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April 21 2008
For me, it was a golden time: to represent an exciting new company that an entire industry was watching, and to help roll out a truly innovative product, Chuck Huston exclaims ...
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Nov. 30 1999
Claudia Bird, daughter of Walter Storm, holds a deep affection for the irrigation industry, much of which is rooted in the familial core she sees within ...
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June 15 2015
A born entrepreneur, Joe Conrad hails from Cincinnati, Ohio, where his father was an electrical engineer by profession, but also an entrepreneur who has owned a number of businesses ...
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March 16 2015
There are a good number of second-generation companies in our business, and quite a few even third-generation, but how about five generations? Meet the Reinders family and Reinders, Inc., their family-owned, ...
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Sept. 19 2012
When Crystal Alington came into this world, times were tough. Her father worked on a dairy farm in Erie, Pennsylvania, and to augment his income, he also worked in a nursery and as a truck driver ...
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April 15 2014
“A ll I ever wanted to do was manufacture something that I could sell, and to see it say, ‘Made in U.S.A.,’” said Dan Cunado, president of Vista Professional Outdoor Lighting. ...
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Sept. 1 2005
Family and business values are the basic foundation upon which the Ariens Company was built, but it was Dan Ariens who took it to the next level. Ariens grew up in the family business, as did his father, ...
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