Shop Talk editor Jessaca Giglio asked small-business owners how their father or a father figure has impacted their companies. This is what they said.
▪ “My dad, Phil Currier, was a top executive who always had time and respect for the many workers who made the company so successful,” said Diane Currier, owner and mead maker at Honeygirl Meadery, a facility in Durham that makes handcrafted meads with seasonal fruits, flowers and herbs. “I remember him coming home with handmade presents from workers on the factory’s production line. His example of seeing and rewarding all workers with genuine kindness has played a huge role in shaping my world and work view at Honeygirl Meadery.”
▪ “Even though my father had an 8 to 5 job he had a small business as a painter,” said Mike Lewis, owner of Stoke & Smoke BBQ, a Raleigh-based food truck that serves slow-smoked pulled pork, brisket, ribs and chicken. “If it dealt with paint he could do it. He was creative and resourceful.”
▪ “My father influenced me as a business owner from an early age by showing me the value of working hard and the rewards that it produces,” said Craig Reed, founder and director at Younger Brother Productions, a Raleigh company that focuses on event management, artist booking and management, promotion and marketing for artists and musicians. “I witnessed his own work ethic and determination and it served as a clear example of the effort you have to put in to succeed. He also showed me that you have to be diplomatic and a great communicator to form lasting relationships pivotal for success.”
▪ “Having successfully grown his own business for 35 years, my father’s influence on how I run mine has been immeasurable,” said Holly Aiken, owner of Stitch and Holly Aiken Bags, which creates and sells tote bags and accessories in downtown Raleigh. “From advice on goal setting and finances to his having written database software customized for my business, he is a constant source of support and inspiration.”