20 Under 40: New leaders, classic values

Scott M. Wright, 36
Pepsi-Cola Ogdensburg Bottlers

Hometown:  Ogdensburg
Professional position: Route Supervisor, Pepsi Cola Ogdensburg Bottlers
Family: Wife, Amy; parents, Bonnie A. and Richard L. Wright
Education: Bachelor’s and master’s degrees in business, Canisius College, Buffalo
Community involvement: Member, Frederic Remington Art Museum Board of Trustees; Waterfront Committee in Ogdensburg
Last book read: “Everyone Communicates, Few Connect: What the Most Effective People Do Differently” by John C. Maxwell

Scott M. Wright was born into business.

After spending his childhood exploring the warehouse at Pepsi Cola Ogdensburg Bottlers, Mr. Wright went to school at Canisius College in Buffalo. After six years, he came home with a master’s degree in business.

“I tried a couple of other jobs,” he said, “But it was all business training.”

Citing his grandfather, Richard E. Winter, as a role model, Mr. Wright said, “I learned the books from [him] when I was  13 years old.”

Mr. Winter started the family business in 1943, In August it won national recognition with the Donald M. Kendall Bottler of the Year Award at PepsiCo’s annual convention in Las Vegas, Nev.

Today the Ogdensburg Bottlers employs 43 people.

“I absolutely love the area,” Mr. Wright said. “I know it’s tough for a lot of other people if they don’t have jobs. I want to keep jobs up here.”

As a member of the Ogdensburg Waterfront Committee, Mr. Wright said the city of Ogdensburg is sitting in a prime location for development.

“I think we can lead the charge to make it more comfortable to live in,” Mr. Wright said. He said it is encouraging to see more young people staying in the area and contributing to the region’s growth.

For him the St. Lawrence River is a big draw.

“I spend most of the summer on the river,” he said.

Mr. Wright said he enjoys staying in touch with the basics while he’s on the job.

-Sean Ewart
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