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8 Companies with Inspiring Leaders

Industry News| Amber Jones, FoodForce, May 16, 2017

Working with someone who motivates, drives, and leads their colleagues, team, or company to greatness truly stands out. Here are some of the driving forces behind eight companies that inspire those around them to be the best, do their best, and work hard. Cheers to those involved in our Great Job, Everybody Awards! #greatjobeverybody



“Leadership is the ability to translate vision into reality through the willful, maximum potential of others. There is no greater sense of fulfillment than experiencing this in action.”

Galit Hadari Laibow, Co-Founder & CEO of Foodstirs, nominated by Greg Fleishman, Chief Operating Officer & Co-Founder

“I developed the 5R’s as a way for us to judge the success of our performance. In everything we do we must ask ourselves: have we been respectful, responsive, realistic, taken personal responsibility and will our actions allow us to be remembered positively?”

Chris Mittelstaedt, Founder & CEO of The FruitGuys, nominated by Shannan Slevin, Health & Wellness Content Provider

“Neel is one of the smartest and most driven people I've ever had the pleasure of meeting and working with. His drive expands beyond wanting to build a great big company. He genuinely wants each member of the team to grow personally and professionally, and to be able to look back on this journey as some of the most fun and rewarding work of our lives.”

Kyle Pollack, Senior Brand Manager of FORTO Strong Coffee, on nominee Neel Premkumar, Founder & CEO


“Never take no for an answer.”

David Perkins, Founder & CEO of Beetnik Foods, nominated by Bron Hager, Director of Marketing

“We have to figure out how to make organic food for everyone, not just the 1%, if we truly want to make a difference.”

Meaghan Perkins, Director of Operations of Beetnik Foods, nominated by David Perkins, Founder & CEO

“The biggest takeaway from Chris is how he takes care of his employees. Even as a small company it is his priority to offer top of the line benefits. We cover 100% of employee medical insurance and 75% of all dependents. We also offer a generous PTO plan of 20 days for all employees that starts accruing on day 1 of employment. He is adamant that his people take care of their health and spend the quality time away from work with their loved ones. It is refreshing to see with so many companies out there that overwork their staff.”

Elizabeth Barber, Controller of Chameleon Cold-Brew, on nominee Chris Campbell, President & CEO

"Expect the worst. Hope for the best."

Mary Claire VanderSchaaf, Co-Founder of Treehive Food Products, LLC, nominated by Eric VanderSchaaf, Co-Founder

“Subtle support, nurturing nature, and magnificent energy.”

Oliver Bliss, Sales & Marketing Assistant of Humm Kombucha, describing René Mitchell, Director of Marketing

"You're doing great" is Scott's signature quote. It's exactly what you need on a day when nothing seems to be going right. Scott is truly the wind beneath our wings.

Louise Hearn, Assistant to the CEO of Sir Kensington’s, on nominee Scott Norton, Co-Founder


We always want to hear about the inspiring leaders in your company driving impact to the team. Nominate here!

Amber Jones, FoodForce


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