2019 was a banner year for Business View Magazine – as well as all the amazing companies and communities we featured. Below are 10 notable pieces of sage advice (in no particular order) to inspire you in 2020!
CEO Steve Kool and CFO Patrick Roesler
“Go the extra mile. Work the extra hours. Get your boots dirty on the jobsite. Do whatever it takes to take care of the customer”
Assistant City Manager, Angela Sheppard.
“We have a passion for what we’re doing here, we are almost 200 years old and we have developed over time. And we’re committed to growing in a wise way.”
Jimmi-Jean Sukys, CEO
“We are all about our people. That’s what makes the difference. We have some of the best-qualified people working for us that put their heart and soul into everything they do. I couldn’t be more proud of the staff and the team we’ve assembled. They treat our customers just like they would want to be treated and that really means a lot to us.”
Matt Burris, Deputy City Manager for Community and Economic Development
“I think one of the most noteworthy things about the City is how successful it has been in focusing on quality of life and understanding how that focus extends beyond just meeting the needs and interests of its residents, but how it can be such an effective economic development strategy. Not only does it help us attract businesses, because we can say it’s such a great place to work, but this guiding light of creating a great place that people want to be, really helps to drive the economy and gives the City a strong foundation for deploying some of our more progressive green and sustainable strategies. “
Vice President of Sales, Lynn Hardin.
“Our number one capital investment over the past several years has been our workforce and we believe that happy employees will help make a better product.”
Andrew Houlberg, CEO
“We create products that may help people live longer, healthier lives. It’s a whole lot more fun than selling things that hurt people. We have fun doing what we do and when we do that, we really succeed.”
Scott Andrew, President/CEO
“If we could identify and empower ‘Rugged Entrepreneurs’ (teachable and coachable with a great work ethic but don’t like to have a rigid structure or a boss) and focus on their success, we knew we would have a home run.”
Ben Huigenbos, President
“Our best business always comes from the relationships we have with our current customer base, either from retaining and continuing to grow with our customers, or by referral.”
Mark LeDoux, CEO
“The consumer, with access to the internet, access to information and research, is becoming much more knowledgeable, much more inquisitive, and justifiably skeptical. So, they’re doing their homework before they make purchase decisions. And it’s incumbent for us to continue to make those appropriate investments in answering the questions that consumers have: Is this product beneficial for me and my family? What will it do? How does it work? And how can you make sure that the sources from which you bring this product to market remain sustainable for the globe that we live on?”
Joe Derhake, CEO
“We’ve been on several fastest growing lists for Inc. 5000, there are only about 100 firms that have ever been on it as long as us. But who cares if we grow 50% or 5% or not at all. Lets just be proud of how we get there.”