News : Favorite Food exec Barstow: Beat the 'monsters' with service
From Portsmouth Herald
Chris Barstow just wanted to take a Maine vacation. But his leisurely trip led him to a new career.
Barstow, 53, is president and chief executive of Favorite Foods in Somersworth. The 50-employee firm provides supplies to local, independent restaurants (no national chains) as well as some state prisons, private schools and food manufacturers.
Question: What was your first job?
Barstow: My first job was at Texas Instruments in Silicon Valley. I was 22 and selling semiconductors to high-tech businesses. I was there 5 ½ years.
Q: Did you enjoy it?
Barstow: I became frustrated by corporate America. I realized it wasn’t for me. The biggest issue was inflexibility and response time to go through levels of management to change things or reach a decision.
Q: So you quit?
Barstow: In 1987, I took a vacation to visit my brother in Maine. He had just founded Favorite Foods. We talked about my joining him, and two months later I gave my notice at Texas Instruments. Favorite Foods doubled its head count from one to two when I got here. At the time, we were on West Road in Portsmouth.
To read the entire interview in the Portsmouth Herald, click here.