The Stonewall Kitchen Story
What’s it all about? It all began with a jar of wild Maine blueberry jam at a farmers’ market in 1991. Stonewall Kitchen was a passionate, family-run enterprise for many years before its arrival on the scene as one of the world’s great purveyors of specialty foods. Based in York, Maine, the company is now in the hands of private equity and employs over 500 people. CEO John Stiker and HR Director Sharon Decato have deftly led the transition from family business to an enterprise with ten stores, over 6,000 locations where their products are sold, a cooking school, and the umbrella for complementary brands such as Boston-based Legal Seafoods cocktail sauce, Tillen Farm products from the Pacific Northwest, Montebello pasta from Italy, and Napa Valley Naturals. They will share their story of business development, HR, and workplace culture. And, since this is a breakfast hour discussion, you can count on delicious preserves and sauces at each table.
Why you’ll want to participate in this session.
- Observe how a CEO and HR leader have led the transition of a company from family-run to private equity while embracing and maintaining the workplace culture that drove success for many years.
- See how HR fits into this transition and how it strategically assisted carefully designed expansion, while at the same time holding their product lines to the highest standards of quality.
- Witness their discussion about the company’s ethical core and how community connections and charitable giving align with their values and business success.
Approved for SHRM Credit and HRCI Business Credit.