Getting To Know Danny Wegman; Chairman Of The Wegmans Company

Getting To Know Danny Wegman; Chairman Of The Wegmans Company

You first met Che in Rochester works for actor Che Holloway, an impromptu interview and amble through the Neighborhood of the Arts.

An aspiring and successful actor, Che is deeply immersed in the Rochester cultural scene. So much so, we’ve named him Che of The Town!

Exclusively for Talker, Che has solicited and is conducting interviews from about 80 Rochestarians working in a diversity of creative fields.

For the full series, see Che of The Town: Interviews

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Wegmans Store (Courtesy of Google)

In this highlight, we turn our attention to the prominent and influential Danny Wegman of the Wegmans company. Wegmans is a family owned regional supermarket chain founded in Rochester, N.Y. in 1916 and now stands as one of the biggest private owned companies in the world. If you ever visit your local Wegmans, you will be swept away by the wonderful aromas, be impressed with the excellent customer service and pleased with the overall quality of what Wegmans has to offer.

Danny Wegman and Family

From Left to Right: Nicole Wegman, Danny Wegman, Colleen Wegman

Wegmans is now under the direction of Ms. Colleen Wegman, Danny Wegman’s daughter as well as President and CEO of the wildly successful supermarket chain. With 92 stores in total: 46 in New York, 17 in Pennsylvania, 7 in New Jersey, 10 in Virginia, 8 in Maryland, and 4 in Massachusetts, Colleen continues to forge forward with the positive legacy her father and late grandfather, Robert Wegman started. I reached out to Danny Wegman for this interview and he responded to me almost promptly, it shows the level of humility and good character he possesses. Thank you Wegmans Family for your positive contributions in our city.

Che asked Danny a series of quick questions. Here is what they discussed;

Tell us a little about yourself, where your from, grew up, what H.S./College you attended etc.

Grew up on a farm in Greece, NY. Went to McQuaid for high school. Went to college at Harvard.

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Wegmans Interior (Courtesy of Google)

What inspired you to get into business? Early experiences worth sharing?

I saw my Dad enjoying himself at work. He took me to stores when he could. I started working at Wegmans after high school and enjoyed it. Stuck with it!

What inspired the Wegmans franchise?

I’d say the inspiration was to do things well, and different! I’ve always enjoyed those two things.

Talk about a time where you have faced adversity/conflict and have triumphed.

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Courtesy of Danny Wegman.

I think one of the most rewarding things that has worked out is seeing that by treating people right, it can make a business successful. Both customers and our own people. This isn’t taught in schools, but it really works. It begins by doing what’s right. Financial results follow.

What do you believe sets you apart from other business owners?

We’re fortunate to be a family business. It allows us to take the approach that we do. Many public companies get too concerned about the bottom line. And don’t pay enough attention to their people and their customers.

Do you have other interests or hobbies?

Tennis, a little golf, and grandchildren!

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Wegmans Logo (Courtesy of Google)

Any projects you have out or currently working on?

Trying to help U of Rochester as chairman, and co-chair of the Regional Economic Council Finger Lakes

Where would you like to see yourself in 5 years?

With the Rochester graduation rate over 80%! And a very healthy community through eating good tasty food!

What advice can you give to aspiring business owners?

Don’t be afraid to be different. Be afraid if you’re NOT different! Things work out.

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Moving forward after school at Northeast; Wegmans stays the course

About The Author

dkramer3@naz.edu

Welcome to Talker of the Town! My name is David Kramer. I have a Ph.D in English and teach at Keuka College. I am a former and still active Fellow at the Nazareth College Center for Public History. Over the years, I have taught at Monroe Community College, the Rochester Institute of Technology and St. John Fisher College. I have published numerous Guest Essays, Letters, Book Reviews and Opinion pieces in The New York Times, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, the Buffalo News, the Rochester Patriot, the Providence Journal, the Providence Business News, the Brown Alumni Magazine, the New London Day, the Boston Herald, the Messenger Post Newspapers, the Wedge, the Empty Closet, and the CITY.  My poetry appears in The Criterion: An International Journal in English and Rundenalia and my academic writing in War, Literature and the Arts and Twentieth Century Literary Criticism. Starting in February 2013, I wrote for three Democratic and Chronicle  blogs, "Make City Schools Better," "Unite Rochester," and the "Editorial Board." When my tenure at the D & C  ended, I wanted to continue conversations first begun there. And start new ones.  So we created this new space, Talker of the Town, where all are invited to join. I don’t like to say these posts are “mine.” Very few of them are the sole product of my sometimes overheated imagination. Instead, I call them partnerships and collaborations. Or as they say in education, “peer group work.” Talker of the Town might better be Talkers of the Town. The blog won’t thrive without your leads, text, pictures, ideas, facebook shares, tweets, comments and criticisms.

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