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Robert Drago

IFE Mentor

Robert Drago

Rob Drago ’90 has the unique perspective of being a third generation member of a successful family business who later served as the first non-family president/chief executive officer of two other family-owned companies following the sale of his company to a strategic buyer. Leveraging his 30 years of progressive management experience in the food industry, he has mentored a wide range of high potential managers and startup companies within the CPG space. A resident of Pittsford (Rochester), NY, he serves on the boards of Holy Childhood School, Special Touch Bakery (chairman), Real Eats America (advisory board chairman), BHS Foodservice Solutions and is partner/board chairman of Al Cohen’s Premium Dough Products, LLC (all located in western New York State).

Robert can talk to students on the following topics:

  • Generational transition planning
  • Successfully working with non-family executives
  • Intra-family dynamics
  • Servant leadership
  • Buying/selling a family business
  • Food/CPG industry

About Canalside Advisors

Canalside Advisors is a management consultancy that provides small to mid-sized organizations with an experienced, unbiased “fresh set of eyes” to drive strategy, manage change, unlock bottlenecks, build winning cultures and identify unique new market opportunities.

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