This father-son duo bond over Vermont-style craft beer
The Gadhue Family, Lincoln & South Brewing Company
What is the most gratifying thing you’ve experienced as a father-son duo in business?
We have been a team for so many years, working on so many different projects, that we really know each other’s strengths and can capitalize on them. We are lucky to have come together as father and son to create such a great team.
What is the biggest challenge you have overcome together?
Dealing with the generational gap has been the biggest challenge. Each generation goes about things a different way.
What is one piece of advice you’d give to others wanting a successful business career?
Always ask the question “What’s next?” Build a business that inspires what is possible. Never give up. Our determination was as strong as our inspiration. Most people would’ve quit, but we just kept going.
What three lessons have you learned from starting a family business?
1. You can’t call in sick in a family business. They know where you live. So be honest, treat people fairly, and show up on time. That’s how you build people’s trust. Create a comfortable culture for everyone involved.
2. The mental toughness shown by my grandfather (Tom’s father) has been passed down to us and has been the most significant help. We don’t quit. Determination is the key to success.
3. Trust your gut instincts and don’t stray from them. We had a vision and inspiration that we felt needed to come to fruition. We made it happen and strive to create the best product possible every day.
Meet Tom & Ryan
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