Scotty Reiss, a journalist, business consultant and former magazine editor, collaborated with Stew Leonard, the legendary grocery entrepreneur, to write his biography and the history of his business. Reiss will discuss Leonard's biography Stew Leonard, My Story on Wednesday, November 17, at 7 p.m., in the Greenwich Library Meeting Room.
During the three and a half year project, Reiss learned firsthand the stories, strategies and challenges of Leonard and the company he built. Written from Leonard's first-person perspective, the book is an honest and open telling of not only the tremendous successes that he had in building his renowned store, but the difficulties and tragedies that he faced during his career.
Leonard's success in building a unique retail business has made him among the most revered entrepreneurs in the world. Forbes, The New York Times, People magazine, CNN, 20/20 and Tom Peters's PBS series "A Passion for Excellence" have all praised Stew's business and creative genius. Fortune magazine consistently ranks Stew Leonard's as one of the "100 Best Companies to Work For in America."
His biography tells the story of Leonard's relentless search for -- and unwavering commitment to -- excellence, and of his own personal setbacks and tragedies, from the struggles to build his business to the death of his grandson at just 21 months old and the disastrous decisions that led to problems with the IRS and a 42-month sentence in a federal prison camp. Through it all, Leonard shares his hard-won wisdom, strength and insights, and reveals how his commitment to quality and customer service helped to build his business and to correct his mistakes.
Reiss has written for a variety of national publications including The New York Times, Town & Country, Mediaweek, and Entrepreneur. She lives in Greenwich, Connecticut with her husband and two daughters.
The program, part of the Peterson Business Series, is free and open to the public. For more information, please call Mary Cuff at (203) 625-6560.