The recipe for Johnsonville's success

Ralph C. Stayer speaking at Marquette University's CIRCLES event

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Ralph C. Stayer is president of Johnsonville Sausage, a Wisconsin-based sausage producer. Johnsonville was founded by Stayer's parents, Ralph F. and Alice, in 1945 and was named after their hometown of Johnsonville, Wis. Stayer became president in 1978 and expanded the company by selling Johnsonville's products outside Wisconsin.


Stayer was interviewed by Dr. Erik Ugland, associate dean for graduate studies and research and associate professor in Marquette's J. William and Mary Diederich College of Communication, during a CIRCLES networking event. Stayer talked about his recipe for success as president of Johnsonville, which includes encouraging employees to ask questions and take ownership of key situations.


CIRCLES: This lecture was part of CIRCLES, an innovative business networking program that connects Marquette alumni with people doing business in fields such as health care, finance, journalism and real estate.

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