Company: O'Brien Family Farms, 16505 SR 64 E., Bradenton
What was the best business advice you ever received?
Be honest and do what you say you are going to do. Keep your promises and work hard.
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If you could choose another profession, what would it be?
Teacher. We do an educational center out here teaching kids about agriculture, how to grow things. It's enjoyable to watch kids that really want to learn.
What's the biggest risk you have taken in your career?
Farming, our business is a continuous risk. It's like rolling the dice in Las Vegas. Every year it's something but it's mainly Mother Nature who keeps us rolling the dice.
If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you start?
Australia, it's such a vast country with so many different things such as farming, wineries, and the cities.
What was the key to leading your business through the recession?
We have been in business for 36 years and there have been lots of bumps in the road. We just worked a little harder than our competition.