Company website: www.cucina39.com
Company focus: We are a traditional regional Italian cuisine
product that caters to grocery stores, delis, and hotels.
Latest accomplishment: Recently our all natural gluten free
sauce was featured in the Washington Post.
Favorite quote: The only way to know how a customer sees
How you celebrate success: I spend time with family and
your business in to look through their eyes.
What’s “next” for your business? Grow. We are getting
Best business advice received: Manage your expenses.
ready to introduce a new product, traditional lasagna. All the Best business book: Winning by Jack Weltch
details of this dish are prepared in the traditional Italian fash-
Proudest moment: Getting the opportunity to go to the
school of regional Italian cuisines in Italy and being able to
Company you most admire and why: Bare Naked. They are
come home and use what I have learned.
a granola company based out of CT. These two young peo-
ple wanted a healthy snack, worked really hard and created a
Childhood ambition: To be a celebrity chef.
Invest in yourself and
product and company because of something they love. That First paying job: I was a line cook.
really inspires me.
your company’s future.
How did you break into the industry? I told the owner of a
Most important characteristic for a CEO: Being a leader,
McLean restaurant my culinary dream, he gave me a job and
staying focused everyday, teaching your philosophies and
I worked my way up to where I am today.
helping everyone grow and work as a team.
Favorite hobby: Golf
You’re inspired by: Positive feedback. “It tastes too good
to be out of the jar”. That inspires me to make our business
Tech gizmo you can’t live without: Blackberry
stronger. Favorite place to conduct business: In the kitchen!
Biggest challenge: In this weak economy, convincing stores Favorite DC area restaurant: I Ricchi’s. It reminds me of the
to take our products and put it on their shelves.
food I ate in Italy.
One “lesson” learned: You recognize your strengths and
Favorite vacation spot: Charleston SC
weaknesses, it is important to find people that strengthen
both. Surrounding yourself with those people will help you
Where would you most like to visit? Italy
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