THU 23RD NOV 2017

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Bringing the family business community together

It's All About The Daily Bread!

Teresa Cristiano

Position: Manager

Company: Glenroy Bakery

Sector: Food & Drink

 

Business Address: Glenroy Bakery Pty Ltd, 17 Blenheim Street, Glenroy VIC 3046

 

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Company Description

An insight from the second generation at Glenroy Bakery in Australia.

Question & Answers with Teresa Cristiano

What Does Your Family Business Do?
Our family has 2 businesses. A wholesale bakery founded in 1960. And a cheese and yoghurt manufacturing plant established in 2000. 

How Did You Get Involved? 
Myself and my siblings were always expected to go into the business. We are 6 siblings and we’ve all worked in the business at one time or another. I used to work in the administration and retail side of the business while still in school. Then went on to successfully complete an Accounting degree before starting work full time at the business. 

What Did You Want To Be When You Grew Up? 
A podiatrist!

What Are Your First Memories Of The Family Business? 
I remember slicing bread and serving in the shop at a very young age. I also remember doing the weekly invoices for our customers while in grade 2, approximately 1968. In those days the invoices were done manually. 

What Values Are Important In Your Family/Family Business?
Hard work, and respect for employees and customers. 

What Is The Best Thing About Being A Family Business?
Knowing the business and the history of the business so well. It allows you to appreciate how far you’ve come. 

And The Worst?
It can be difficult to disconnect from work at the end of the day.  

What Is The Best Thing About Your Working Day?
Feeling very productive. 

What Is Your Proudest Family Business Achievement?
When we signed the leasing contract to lease our first computer. 

Is There A Next Generation Waiting In The Wings To Take Over?
We always hope so!

What Do You See As The Biggest Challenge Facing Family Businesses?
Succession. 

What Words Do You Associate With Family Businesses?
Hardworking and passionate. 

Words Of Wisdom – What Piece Of Advice Would You Pass On To Someone Thinking About Joining The Family Business?
You need to be passionate about the business. 

 

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