Download Treated like Family: How an Entrepreneur and His 'Employee Family' Built Sargento, a Billion-Dollar Cheese Company Audiobook

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Author: Tom Faley Narrator: Chris Andrew Ciulla Publisher: Center Street Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2018 ISBN: 9781549168123
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Told from the viewpoint of four generations of the Gentine family, Treated like Family reveals the secrets that enable Sargento Cheese to become an industry leader and provides entrepreneurs with key managerial strategies that will help them succeed in business and life.

Leonard Gentine operated a financially challenged mortuary business for sixteen years. Yet, by the time he died, he stood at the helm of Sargento Foods, Inc.—a profitable, nationally recognized cheese company and a household name. How does one go from a struggling funeral director to a competitive force in the natural cheese category? Treated like Family is that full, untold story. Leonard believed in a simple philosophy: Hire good people and treat them like family. Yet that belief, admittedly foundational to the company, proved to be only one of many tenets underlying his success. It is the story of Sargento but also of its employees who, empowered by the Gentine family, took a vision and nurtured it into a formidable company.

Told from the viewpoint of the four generations of the Gentine family, the narrative is based on over 150 interviews—the collective voices of the company’s employees, retirees, and friends. This is an unvarnished portrait of Sargento, its management, and the trials leading to its influential place in the cheese industry.

Within the pages of this story lie key concepts for others seeking to replicate Leonard Gentine’s entrepreneurial success: the importance of a corporate culture based on the value of its employees, servant leadership and the belief that a company’s ownership is not narrowly defined to its shareholders or by its products. It is a stakeholder-ownership philosophy that encompasses the company’s employees, customers, suppliers, and the community in which it operates, all of which become all-inclusive in Leonard’s eventual definition of “family.”

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About the Author

Tom Faley, as a twenty-nine-year employee of Sargento, had the opportunity to share numerous, private conversations with the founder, Leonard Gentine, before his passing. As a long-term veteran of Sargento, Tom speaks on a large portion of the corporate history from first-hand experience. Holding an MBA in Marketing, Tom played active roles in shaping Sargento, including starting and developing many departments within the company: marketing, consumer research, consumer promotions, and new product development. In addition, he holds a patent in his name for Sargento. For over eight years, he has written a blog as well as weekly essays underscoring the company’s culture.

About the Narrator

Chris Andrew Ciulla, an Earphones Award–winning narrator, is a credited actor, host, voice actor, producer, boxing commentator/analyst, and radio personality. In addition to frequent film, television, and on-camera commercial work, he has voiced characters for the popular video game titles Fallout 4 and Mafia III and can be heard in national commercial campaigns. A versatile performer with over fifteen years of experience, he has dedicated his life to entertaining people.