How did your business get its
start? Are you the first generation owner of your business, or did someone in
your family own it prior to you?
Pharmacy is a first generation pharmacy. I started the business in 1983. My
father was owner of Ragusa Brothers Construction Company.
How do your business
responsibilities and parenting responsibilities mimic one another?
question of how business and parenting responsibilities mimic each other is a
very interesting one. With
both, you want to be honest, fair and consistent. You want
to lead with both your brain and your heart because, in the end, you hope they
are one in the same. As a parent you do everything you can to keep the family
safe. As a
business owner you do everything you can to keep your business safe because it
a big part of keeping your family safe and secure.
Do you think fathers that are
also business owners have it harder, easier or just different?
who are business owners in some ways have it easier than non-business owners
but in some ways it is a lot harder.
business owner you are sometimes able to be flexible in your hours and that
lets you spend more time with your family. Other times the business requires
you to be away from your family.
Which family member has been your
greatest influence in life? How have they helped you become the father and
business owner you are today? What traditions (business or otherwise) did your
father pass on to you that you passed onto your children?
had the greatest influence on me. I love being a dad and a husband. My mother
instilled this in me.
taught me how to be a provider, which is a very important to the survival of
the family. My dad
taught me to stand your ground and if there is a problem, face it, solve it.
mom taught me to be man enough to admit a mistake and make it right. She also
taught me how to love and the importance of family.
Both my mom and dad taught me that my word is
more important than any piece of paper. These
are what the basic tenants of being and father and a business owner
Do any family members work with
you on a regular basis? Can you explain that dynamic?
the great pleasure of working with Dr. Sadie Mannino Bennett (my daughter). It
is a wonderful experience. I cannot express how blessed I am to have her here.
dynamics are very unique and special. Sadie keeps me moving. She literally
gives me a schedule of things I need to do every day. She also keeps me on my
toes. She is extremely smart and asks questions. When I answer, I had better be
correct. It is fun to watch the student become the master.
What advice do you give to your
children to help them be successful?
them the same advice my mother gave me. Her level of wisdom and insight is hard
to explain and would fill too many pages. But, here's the most important.
mother always said the two most important things you can give your children is
love and an education. That has always been my goal. Give them an education so they can have the knowledge to meet the challenges of the world and love so
they know they have nothing to fear.
What’s your favorite family past
favorite family past time is spending time with family. Whether it's going to
the beach, snow skiing, or just watching television, the time together is what