Christina Armentano from Paraco Gas: When is it the Right Time to Join the Family Business? The Family Business Voice
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Paraco Gas is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. The third-generation family firm is the 10th largest propane retailer in the United States, serving 120,000 customers throughout the northeastern U.S.
Half a century ago, Pat Armentano, Paraco’s founder, began selling propane out of his garage in Mount Vernon, New York. His granddaughter, Christina, the Executive Vice President of Sales and Business Development of the Paraco Gas Corporation, is following in his entrepreneurial footsteps.
After building a successful corporate career outside the family business, Christina was compelled to join Paraco in 2014. She knew she was the best candidate for the role and could not pass up the opportunity to build on her grandfather’s legacy.
Christina, like many family business members, is focussed on creating sustainable long-term gains. Combining 21st-century acumen with a well-established culture of entrepreneurship, she seeks to empower employees with a sense of ownership and pride.
We had the opportunity to sit down with Christina Armentano to discuss her return to the family business, the challenges of prioritising culture in a rapidly expanding business and her vision for Paraco’s future.