Bruce has been involved in the bakery business since high school, starting out in the warehouse of a bakery supply company then moving into sales where he stayed for nearly 15 years. It was during that time that OK Frozen Dough started up and it wasn’t long before Bruce was out selling the first cases of their bread. He’s been part of the company – directly and indirectly – for 25 years.
After joining the Chenmark team, Dwayne quickly learned that running a small business is not always glamorous, but it can be quite rewarding. “There’s a lot of fulfillment to watch people you work with get pushed to grow and then realize their growth and growth of the company as well.“ Dwayne is currently the CFO at Mainely Grass, and is focused on working to eventually become the CEO of a Chenmark operating company.
Ask Steve Lawton how he heard about Chenmark, and he can’t help but laugh. “Ironically,” he says, “we were both trying to buy the same company. When that didn’t work out, our broker suggested that Chenmark buy my company.” While he wasn’t really looking to sell at that point, after talking to the Chenmark team, Steve realized how it could be of benefit for his company and his family.
It all started with an old red barn, a lawn mower and a pickup truck. That was how Booth Hemingway founded Piscataqua Landscaping in 1979 after graduating from the University of New Hampshire with degrees in Horticulture and Spanish.
Dave is the Director of Technology and Innovation at Chenmark, a position that addresses the various technical challenges encountered daily by the team of Chenmark businesses. He holds a computer science degree from the United States Military Academy at West Point, which serves as a unique compliment to his master’s degree in operations research from Columbia University.