Case Studies Chief Executive Officer

Bowen Kou – Fresh International Market

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Bowen Kou knows what it means to have nothing except unlimited potential and a burning desire to succeed. He came to the U.S. from China at age 19 and, in 2009, began his undergraduate studies in supply chain management at Michigan State University. He noticed a lot of students struggling to purchase new textbooks, which […]

Brian Gross – John Gross & Company

Est. reading time: 5 mins

For a hotel guest, hospital patient, restaurant diner or nursing home resident, a green bean may just be another item on a plate. To Brian Gross and his family, it represents four generations of providing unparalleled customer service and exceptional quality products to the market—foodservice businesses across Pennsylvania. The Gross’ journey began in 1950 not […]

Brice Phillips – Phillips Seafood

Est. reading time: 5 mins

It sounds like one of those periodic get-togethers of NFL bosses. Each has a Type A personality and is committed to his team’s success but still must compromise for a greater cause, such as the league’s fiscal health. For the 30 seafood companies that comprise the National Fisheries Institute’s Crab Council also are a competitive […]

Brent Schwoerer – Engrained Brewing Co.

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Brent Schwoerer says it would take his growing operation in Springfield, Illinois, eight years to produce what Anheuser-Busch does in one batch. So be it. As far as he’s concerned, a greater honor would be his company’s designation as a Certified B Corp., a process that was well underway when Schwoerer spoke to Terra Firma […]

Brian Loffredo – Loffredo Fresh Foods

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Giuseppe Loffredo and his family had only been in the U.S. for a year when he founded the Loffredo Fruit and Tobacco Co. in Des Moines, Iowa, in 1892. He cultivated land to grow tomatoes and other vegetables he sold to hotels, restaurants and even U.S. Army soldiers stationed in the Midwest. It was a […]

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