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…]

20Q: Robert R. Sturtz, Slack Chemical Co.

The right chemistry: Employing the best team is crucial for Slack Chemical Co. president, CEO

Robert R. Sturtz, president and CEO of Slack Chemical Co., in his Carthage office. Photo by Amanda Morrison/NNY Business.

In 1986 Robert R. Sturtz bought Slack Chemical Co. in Carthage at the age of 52. Some 27 years later, the man widely known for generously giving to his community shows few signs of slowing down. With 80 now in his sights, he continues to oversee daily operations at the chemical warehousing and distribution firm. We sat down with him to see what fuels his drive.

NNYB: In its own right, Slack Chemical is a family firm. Who from your family is involved with the business?

STURTZ: My daughter Mary is here as vice president and runs the office as well as her husband, Michael, who is an excellent mechanical repair and design man and works on equipment. Their sons, Michael, a graduate of Clarkson University with a mechanical engineering degree and his brother, Paul, are here and do a number of other things. [Read more…]