October 2015 20 Questions: On Leadership

On leadership

Lessons and advice from north country leaders

Since NNY Business began publishing monthly in December 2010, we have featured a wide-ranging, in-depth interview with a different north country business or leader 11 times a year, skipping December for our 20 Under 40 emerging leaders issue. Our 54 featured interviews to date have not been limited to the for-profit sector. We’ve sat down with nonprofit and not-for-profit leaders, and educational and health care leaders. The 20 questions that follow are the best of leadership from nearly five years of interviews. [Read more…]

April 2015 20 Questions: Rick Caskinette, Caskinette’s Ford

Turning the right keys

From left, sons Jameson, Jess and Craig Caskinette with father Richard B. “Rick” in the showroom  of Caskinette’s Ford, Carthage. The three sons work in the family auto dealership. Photo by Norm Johnston, NNY Business.

From left, sons Jameson, Jess and Craig Caskinette with father Richard B. “Rick” in the showroom
of Caskinette’s Ford, Carthage. The three sons work in the family auto dealership. Photo by Norm Johnston, NNY Business.

Rick Caskinette on family, Ford and what it takes to build a successful brand

Nearly 20 years ago, in 1996, Richard B. “Rick” Caskinette closed the largest deal of his professional career when he purchased Lofink Ford Mercury, which had operated under a well-established family name in Carthage since 1929. In the nearly two decades since, the Ford franchise has blossomed as a respected competitor, expanding to make room for an auto collision and detail center and, down the road, Caskinette’s RV. We spoke with Rick as sons Craig, 30, and twins Jameson and Jess, 22, who graduate from SUNY Oswego next month, settle in to jobs at the family business. [Read more…]