Name: Gary Bradshaw
Company: SMR Farms LLC, 4715 Lorraine Road, Bradenton
What was the best business advice you ever received?
Never miss a local story.
A farmer's favorite fertilizer should be the footsteps left in the field. In other words, you can't manage the work in a truck you have to get your hands dirty.
If you could choose another profession, what would it be?
I was a professional, right-handed, pitcher for Milwaukee Brewers in the minor league when I tore my right rotator cuff. I would be a professional baseball player again, it was great.
What is the biggest risk you've taken in your career?
Starting my own business. I had a partner with whom I harvested turf but we ran out of places to get turf grass. I wanted to stay in the same field of business so I worked for two turf production centers before going to work at SMR Farms, where I worked my way from production manager to my present position as president.
If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you start?
I would not travel anywhere outside the US but if I'd go anywhere, I would go to Paris and maybe Switzerland.
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