The ESOP Leader – What It Takes to Lead an Employee Owned Company

ESOP companies are special and unique. Employee ownership creates a culture of employees that are actively involved in the business on all levels. Employee owners can and do participate fully in every aspect of company management and growth. Engagement in this type of company is rivaled and helps ESOPs out perform other types of companies. […]

Best Practices for Exiting a Great Culture

There are many reasons one chooses to change jobs. Making the decision to leave and considering the unknown of a new career path can be daunting. Changing jobs can also be exciting and give you a fresh outlook on your career. Before you start an exciting new role, you have to end your relationship with […]

Coffee, Chicken, and the First 20 Years

20 Years Went By Fast Wow, 20 years went by fast. It’s hard to believe Pro Food Systems was started as a coffee/cappuccino company on July 13, 1998. Not only was the coffee black, but my hair was too! My wife Julie and I had our first of three daughters just three months earlier in […]

PFSbrands Core Values – Value Your Customers and First Impressions

Value Your Customers and First Impressions Today as we continue our discussion of the PFSbrands Core Values, I will cover a Core Value that can lead to a happy life, whatever that might look like to you. I’m a strong proponent of the fact that everyone should find the right structure and balance when it […]

PFSbrands Core Values – Entitlements Do Not Exist

Entitlements Do Not Exist Next up in our look at the PFSbrands Core Values is one Core Value I stress the most – Entitlements Do Not Exist. In today’s society, due in large part to our government, there are many people that feel entitled to things they haven’t worked for nor earned. In business, a […]

PFSbrands Core Values – No Complaining on This Team

The No Complaining Rule As we work through our PFSbrands Core Values, we’ve covered such things as having a positive attitude to just simply having fun. Any one of our Core Values alone is a great value to live or work by, as a collective unit they can shape any company. Today we are going […]

PFSbrands Core Values – Building a Positive Future

The Golden Rule, Ownership Thinking & Be Positive  Recently, I wrote about how in 2011 I sat down and with the help of my leadership team created our Mission, Vision, 5 Guiding Principles, and Core Values. I did this in order to ensure the company continues on a path consistent with my beliefs. Essentially it […]

PFSbrands Core Values – Have Fun

Do you know what your company stands for?  When I started Pro Food Systems in 1998, I had a vision of the company I wanted to build. However, in 1998 I really didn’t know what I didn’t know. In 2011, after nearly 12 years in business, Mark Gandy (now a great friend, mentor, and advisor) […]

Think an In-Store Foodservice Program Doesn’t Make a Difference?

How a Reputable Foodservice Program Can Make a Huge Difference In Your C-Store Tobacco and fuel… Once the staples of your entire c-store, they now are starting to fail you. From rising tobacco taxes and decreased usage to slipping fuel margins, your cash cows are drying up. What’s going to help make up the difference? That’s […]

What Business Are You Actually In?

We’re not In the Chicken Business, We’re in the People Business While it may appear that PFSbrands is in the chicken business, we are actually in the people business. That might not make sense at first glance, but let me explain by starting off with our Core Purpose which is: “To help others become more […]