Co-owner, Fein Brothers
2007 N. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, Milwaukee
Industry: Sales of foodservice equipment and supplies
Family: Married to Lynn; two sons: Andrew, 21 and Patrick, 19
What was the smartest thing your company did in the past year?
“Our company and all of our team members feel strongly about giving back to the community. The individuals impacted by our charitable services are the same members of the community in which we do business. Just a few weeks ago, we sponsored a full-day leadership training course for the eighth graders at St. Marcus School in Milwaukee. Engaging youth in leadership training can only benefit our city.”
What’s new at your company?
“From our food pans to our cooking utensils, we have introduced various products that enhance the cooking experience in commercial kitchens and at home. Whether you have owned a restaurant for 20 years or just have a passion for cooking, there are always new and interesting tools and gadgets to use in the kitchen. I can’t give away all of the secrets — you have to stop in our store to check them out.”
What will be your company’s main challenges in the next year?
“We take a great deal of pride in creating valuable experiences for our employees. Because we work in a constantly changing industry, it can be challenging for new team members to fully grasp the breadth and depth of our industry. Instead of looking at this as a challenge, we make it our goal to provide solid training and guidance, as well as development opportunities, for our employees no matter their level of experience.”
Do you have a business mantra?
“Fight hard and be honest. Our number one goal is to always provide quality service with honesty and distinction.”
What’s the hottest trend in your industry?
“Craft beer has really been a major focal point in our industry lately. We are getting a number of fantastic craft breweries opening up all over the area. It is always a joy to play a role in the great success our clients have in brewing unique and quality beers, especially when partnered with an exceptional dining experience.”
From a business standpoint, who do you look up to?
“As a small business, we admire all small business owners who run profitable businesses with honesty and integrity. “
What was the best advice you ever received?
“As a business owner, I need to learn how to delegate. I grew up in this business and am used to doing so many things on my own.”
What’s the funniest thing that ever happened to you in your career?
“I had the fortune of working with my father for over 20 years. I remember a number of years ago, when my father was celebrating a birthday, a customer sent in a belly dancer to wish him a happy birthday, and he stood in the middle of our store and danced with the performer.”
What do you like to do in your free time?
“Spending time with family and friends. Anything outdoors. Hiking, biking, skiing, watching sporting events.”