2. “Ultimately, we’re judged every day by the job we’re doing. We’re judged by the deliveries that are going out on time, by the service people are getting at the sales counter, by the quality of our products.”
Alan Pippenger, president of Dayton’s Requarth Co., which traces its history back to 1860, said its important to give customers what they want at a good price and treat employees, vendors and suppliers well.
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3. Luck is fickle, people retire or move on and products change, so an enduring company culture is needed to stand the test of time, said Bill Smith, president and CEO of Huffy Corp.
“In my mind, that’s the most important lasting piece, because it is transferable,” Smith said of the bicycle company, which roots back to 1888.
4. “We continue to reinvent ourselves and the company. That allows us to keep moving forward.”
Sharyl Gardner, chief administrative officer of clinical environmental design company Midmark, hailed the health care equipment maker’s blend of stability and adaptability over 103 years.
5. John Danis, CEO of Danis, one of the largest construction companies in the region, said the entrepreneurial spirit is needed for both passion and the willingness to change when needed.
“It is a spirit that makes you seek ways to improve and not be satisfied with the status quo.”
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