Academic journal article Business Renaissance Quarterly

A Closer Look at a Business Renaissance Executive: An Interview with Russ Hanlin

Academic journal article Business Renaissance Quarterly

A Closer Look at a Business Renaissance Executive: An Interview with Russ Hanlin

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Russ Hanlin is former president and CEO of Sunkist Growers, Inc., the world's largest citrus marketing cooperative. During his career of 47 years, Hanlin has opened global markets for Sunkist, advised U.S. presidents, elevated Sunkist's name to among the 50 best known brands in the world, and helped make billions of dollars for California and Arizona citrus growers.

Hanlin has been described as a man who has weathered storm after storm, from earthquakes and freezes to marketing-order battles, lawsuits and medfly controversy.

When in 1997, Hanlin was awarded the Cooperative Career Award by the National Cooperative Committee, the award presenters noted, "Although he has led Sunkist to sales of more than $1 billion, the bottom line for him is not just revenue figures, it is also people"

The Cooperative Career Award marked one more accolade in a long list of Hanlin honors. He has been inducted into the World Trade Center Hall of Fame. He has led the National Council of Farmer Cooperatives (NCFC), United Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Association and Japan-American Society as chairman of the board. He's been appointed by Presidents Carter, Reagan and Bush to numerous commissions, and served as a director on numerous trade-based boards. ("Master of the Marketplace" 110, available at http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/rbs/pub/jan98/master.him/)

BRQ: What makes you a business renaissance executive?

RH: I have always had the tendency to demand of myself and my colleagues ethical business and personal practices: I arrived early, stayed late, worked diligently, knew my business thoroughly, and treated others with respect and dignity.

BRQ: How do you think you stand out compared to other business executives?

RH: Began my career as office messenger and worked my way through the ranks (12 different jobs) to become President & Chief Executive Officer. Retained the CEO position for more than 20 years. …

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