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In praise of exceptional entrepreneurs

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By John F.T. Scott

When I received the news that Ken Schley and John Briuolo had sold their interests in Quality Foods (QF) to Jim Pattison, I immediately thought of what these two exceptional entrepreneurs had brought to this industry. While many had a window on what led to their terrific ideas and strategic direction, few knew that the true origin was hashed out in often stormy partner meetings every Friday night.

I remember a terrific video that played during the 25th anniversary celebrations, in which Ken was describing their methodical approach and John set him straight, saying: “we just flew by the seat of our pants.” It was a moment of mutual respect, as both had, unwittingly, just illustrated their amazing formula – well-conceived but often a scramble to execute. 

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