Education: B.S. in business, La Salle University; master’s degree in organization, University of Pennsylvania
First job: Paperboy for the Philadelphia Bulletin at age 11
What is the best business lesson you’ve learned?
Be prepared. If you’re prepared, you can handle any situation. You should be ready for any situation if you are prepared.
What traits or skills are essential for a business leader?
Being a good listener and having the conviction and passion for what you want to do. Also, you must always be respectful of other human beings.
What is your definition of success?
Delivering on what you said you were going to do. That is how you become credible and trustworthy. Then, because of that, people will want to work with you and partner with you.
Pizzi on a CEO’s legacy: A CEO’s role is to move a company to a better place and improve on the position in which you found the company. That is the true mark of a leader: Is the company better not necessarily in the time you’re there but after you’ve left? Have you done the systemic things necessary so that it will be successful after you leave?
Company history: The Tasty Baking Co. (NASDAQ GM: TSTY) was founded in 1914 by baker Philip J. Baur and egg salesman Herbert T. Morris, who coined the name “Tastykake” with the help of his wife. The company grossed $300,000 in sales in its first year, and reached the $1 million mark in annual sales in 1918 after rolling out the “Chocolate Juniors” line of snacks. Some of the company’s other early landmark products included Butterscotch Krimpets in 1927 and Tasty Pies in the 1930s.