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The Family Biz Show

Jun 16, 2021

Ep 35 Baseball, Hotdogs & Family Business 

Listen in for this all-American episode as we talk to the CEO of Zweigle’s Inc. Julie Camardo and CEO and COO of the Rochester Red Wings Naomi Silver multi-generational family business success and succession planning. 

During the episode, we’ll cover: 

  • How Zweigle’s has successfully transitioned into the fifth generation.   
  • How Morrie Silver managed to save baseball for Rochester.  
  • What their vision for success is when it comes to family, their business and their employees.  
  • What advice a fifth-generation owner would give to any company with hopes of successfully transferring the family business to generation to the rising generation. 

This Weeks Guests: 

Julie Camardo 
CEO Zweigle’s Inc.* 

Julie Camardo serves as the 5th Generation owner and CEO of Zweigle’s Inc.  She was born in Rochester, NY and attended Mercy High School.  She went on to Providence College and received a BA degree in Psychology.  Under Julie, Zweigle’s expanded three times and continues to grow in product diversification, sales and employees. The company is guided by four core values of quality, caring, accountability and continuous improvement. Zweigle’s leverages its strength in our flexibility, collaboration, being a certified woman owned business and our history to expand in private label, co-packing and branded sales. The company also launched two new brands Mama Camardo’s and Savory Sensations, producing new products such as fully cooked chicken breasts, meatballs, and breakfast sausages.  Julie is committed to the community where she lives and works. She sits is on the Board of Directors for MCC Foundation, ESL Federal Credit Union, Rochester Chamber of Commerce, Holy Childhood, Special Touch Bakery and 2020 United Way Campaign Chair. Julie has three children- two daughters and a son.  She enjoys spending time with her family and friends outside of work.  Her favorite hot dog is a white hot and her favorite sausage is the Zweigle’s Italian sausage. 

Naomi Silver 
President, CEO & COO Rochester Red Wings* 

Naomi has been involved with the Red Wings her entire life. The Silver family has been devoted to Rochester Community Baseball for over a half century, and Naomi has taken an active role for over three decades, working her way up the corporate ladder.  She is the daughter of Morrie and Anna Silver.  Morrie literally saved baseball in Rochester, and it is because of the Silver’s devotion to the community that Rochester’s franchise is among the most revered, respected and the longest continuously operating franchise in all of baseball.  Naomi honed her business skills, assuming more responsibility and taking over different aspects of the business, becoming the country’s first and only female at the helm of a professional Minor League baseball franchise.  As president and CEO of the organization, she has overseen the Red Wings most successful period in its history.   

A busy mother to Morrie (named for his Grandfather) and Desiree, Naomi also believes strongly in giving back to her community, serving many local not for profits; she is deeply involved with the Boys and Girls Club, University of Rochester Strong Memorial Hospital, United Way, and Monroe Community College in addition to other philanthropic causes in the Rochester area.. Naomi also serves on the Key Bank Advisory Council and The Joseph Floreano Rochester Riverside Convention Center Board. Her national and community awards and recognitions received are vast and telling of her devotion to her profession and her community.  

Michael Palumbos is a registered representative of Lincoln Financial Advisors Corp.   Securities and investment advisory services offered through Lincoln Financial Advisors Corp., a broker/dealer (member SIPC) and registered investment advisor. Insurance offered through Lincoln affiliates and other fine companies.  

Family Wealth and Legacy LLC is not an affiliate of Lincoln Financial Advisors Corp. 

*Not affiliated with Lincoln Financial Advisors Corp.