“Moooooo.” It’s not often you can start an article with the noise a cow makes, but when you’re talking about Stew Leonard Jr., the man in charge of the Disneylandlike supermarket empire, it makes perfect sense.
Christopher Soder, CEO of The Priceline Group, made the decision years ago to leave a regional sales VP job with AT&T and look for work with a dot-com. It was a burgeoning field, lots of people were making lots of money, and he wanted to be a part of it.
John Patrick has an office in Farmington and lives in Glastonbury, but he’s a native of East Hartford. And naturally, there’s a very big soft spot in his heart for his hometown. We met there for lunch, at the legendary Augie & Ray’s Drive-in. We had the daily special.
What!? No suit, no tie, no graying hair at the temples? He may not look the part, but he is the real deal. Smith leads a corporation with 650 employees, 18 branch locations, a fleet of more than 130 trucks and annual sales close to $500 million.
Keating is now working on his own legacy, growing the company organically as well as through acquisitions (14 of them so far). By the end of 2014, he wants the industrial side of the business to reach $1.5 billion in sales, and the aerospace side $1 billion.
Being the president and CEO at New Britain-based Stanley Black & Decker makes John Lundgren one of the state’s most high-powered corporate executives. He also sits on the board of directors for the National Association of Manufacturers, which gets him attention in Washington.