Susan Axelrod

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Axelrod,-susanSusan Axelrod

Love and Quiches Gourmet
Chairwoman and Founder

Years with company: 41

Education degrees and professional/volunteer organizations: Bachelor of Arts  from Hofstra University, Women’s Foodservice Forum (WFF), National Restaurant Association, Inflight Foodservice Association (IFSA), National Association of Women Business Owners (Nawbo).

Mentors and how have they assisted you in your career: I have usually been the mentor during my 40 year career, but early on a restaurateur, the late Marvin Paige, encouraged me to move my target market from the suburbs to New York City, taught me the business, and introduced me around; which provided the catalyst to our becoming a national and, now, a company with global reach.   

What are you most proud of in your career achievements? Do you have a defining moment of your career to date? Publishing my business memoir “With Love and Quiches: A Long Island Housewife’s Surprising Journey From Kitchen To Boardroom”, chronicling my 40 year career, all the pain and the glory.

Most challenging part of your job: Business ownership, even with a well-developed organization with talented high performance teams, is both daunting and 24/7. It is the leadership you bring to the table that provides the vision driving the success. Next leveling is a constant, or ground will be lost.

Advice for upcoming younger executives: There is never a straight line to the top; the road will always wind. Concentrate on your strengths, appreciate the value of teamwork, work for the betterment of the organization as a whole, not for yourself, and your contribution and successes will be recognized.

Hobbies: Travel, Reading (Fiction and Memoirs), Walking, Food.