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Weekly Thoughts: People Like Us Do Things Like This, Part 1

Here is something that caught our eye this week: People Like Us Do Things Like This, Part 1 What it means to be a Chenmark company A few months ago we had the pleasure of listening to Seth Godin speak at a food industry trade show and his commentary on culture and belonging resonated because it aligned closely with many of our own recent internal discussions. When we first started Chenmark we thought about our mission largely from an investment and deal making perspective.  We wanted to buy good companies and desired to build the type of firm that other sellers would seek

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Weekly Thoughts: #HW(ct)PO

Here is something that caught our eye this week: #HW(ct)PO Hard Work (continues to) Pay Off  As Crossfit fans among our readership know, last week was the annual Crossfit Games, where qualifiers from around the world converge upon Madison, Wisconsin to compete in a multi-day fitness competition designed to find the "fittest on earth”. We always enjoy the coverage for this event, which showcases the athletes' feats of physical strength, agility and endurance, while promoting some good old-fashioned primal competition. This year, the men's competition was particularly entertaining, as for most of the weekend, it was unclear if perennial fan favorite and typical front runner -

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Weekly Thoughts: Hard Work Pays Off

Here is something that caught our eye this week: Hard Work Pays Off Last weekend the 10th annual Crossfit Games took place in Madison, Wisconsin. The event, which is geared towards finding the 'Fittest on Earth,' put athletes through 13 events over the course of four days, testing various facets of endurance, power, speed, agility, and strength. While any person who qualifies for the Crossfit Games is impressive, for the second year in a row, Vermont native Mat Fraser dominated the men's competition which prompted the Chenmark team to investigate his approach and attitude related to training. In addition to

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