Case Studies

Jim Cheney – Hill Meat Co.

Est. reading time: 5 mins

Jim Cheney had just graduated high school in 1968 and when his father advised him to look for a job at Wenatchee Pack, he thought he was going to work at one of the fruit packing sheds in town. And why not? His hometown of Wenatchee, Washington, is considered the “Apple Capital of the World,” […]

Jessica Zabel – Cod & Capers Seafood

Est. reading time: 5 mins

As people enter Cod & Capers Seafood in North Palm Beach, Florida, they step into a bustling, high-ceilinged marketplace with a display case running the length of the store. On any given day, it holds 50 to 60 different kinds of fish, as well as oysters, clams and scallops. There is a gourmet foods section […]

John Colapinto – Garden-Fresh Foods

Est. reading time: 5 mins

John Colapinto is at a point in his life where his biggest concern could be his golf score. Indeed, the resident of south-central Pennsylvania enjoys chasing birdies as well as spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren. But there’s another family in Milwaukee that Colapinto cares deeply about. That’s the Hughes family, founders and […]

Jay Brigham – Pecan Deluxe Candy Company

Est. reading time: 4 mins

A sprinkle of praline caramel pecans atop a scoop of fresh strawberry ice cream can strike the perfect balance between salty and sweet, crunchy and smooth, on a hot summer’s day—or even a chilly winter’s one. J.C. Brigham had the same idea over 70 years ago when he started making not only ice cream, but […]

Josh Beckett – Anna’s House

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Josh Beckett didn’t start off as the owner and chief executive officer of Anna’s House—he came in 2004 because he loved the food and the atmosphere. In 2005, a year after his first meal and not wanting the business to close, he purchased the business from Becky Miller, who was no longer interested in owning […]

Joan Daleo – Ole Tyme Produce

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Not everyone dreams of taking over their family business. Joan Daleo, however, is thrilled to be at the helm of the company her parents started in 1973. Since becoming president of Ole Tyme Produce in 2001, she’s grown it into the largest woman-owned, fresh food distributor in Missouri. The St. Charles-based company distributes locally grown […]

Juanita Dickson – Gusto 54 Restaurant Group

Est. reading time: 5 mins

A wave of opportunities can arise anywhere, even aboard a small sailboat traversing through Tahiti and Bora Bora. That’s how, on a 2010 charter boat trip through the South Pacific, Juanita Dickson came to meet the owner of Gusto 54 Restaurant Group and future boss, Janet Zuccarini. Learning of Dickson’s 15-plus years of experience helping […]

Jean Swoope – The Coffee Tree Roasters

Est. reading time: 4 mins

When Jean Swoope became the president and owner of The Coffee Tree Roasters, she had a few ideas for change. Her late husband, who started the business with his father in 1993, had been consistent in how the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, coffee company had operated. Without disrespecting his legacy, Swoope added her own touch. “He did […]

Jim Floyd – Hammer & Wikan

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Jim Floyd isn’t descended from the Norwegian founders of Hammer & Wikan, the unique grocer and commercial retailer in tiny Petersburg, Alaska. Nevertheless, today’s owners seemed to recognize at least a spiritual connection when hiring Floyd as general manager and chief executive officer in November 2019. “When they said, ‘welcome to the family’ it sounded […]

Jim Wells – North American Bison LLC

Est. reading time: 5 mins

If that classic cowboy song had been accurately written, generations would have grown up singing: “Oh give me a home where the bison herd roam….” For it’s bison, not buffalo, that once roamed the North American plains by the tens of millions. But Brewster M. Higley, the 19th century Kansas doctor who penned “Home on […]

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