Ron Dunford President & COO of Operations, Schreiber Foods, Inc.
During my 30-year career in the dairy industry I have had a variety of assignments, including several leadership roles in operations, sales and marketing, and general management. Currently I am responsible for Schreiber Foods’ global operations, which include 27 facilities in the United States, Germany, Austria, India, Brazil, Mexico, and Uruguay. And as you may know, that also includes facilities in Logan and Smithfield. Schreiber is a $5 billion privately-held company that supplies process cheese, natural cheese, cream cheese, and yogurt to some of the largest customer brands in the world.
Throughout my career I have studied the topics of success and leadership extensively. I’m very interested in why some individuals and companies achieve greatness while others remain average. I’ve narrowed the list of “success principles” down to five principles that have worked well for me throughout my career. I have found them to be the keys to success, both in and out of business.
I am also an enthusiastic member of The Leadership Challenge networking group of people who have read and embraced the excellent book of that same name by Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner. I recommend their book highly; it has sold more than one million copies in its 20-year history and has been translated into 12 languages. I have taken to heart their “Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership.”
Both the “Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership” and my own five principles are simple but powerful. Success is nothing more than a few simple disciplines practiced every day, while failure is simply a few errors in judgment repeated every day. It is the cumulative weight of our disciplines and our judgments that leads us to success or mediocrity.