Michael Best Partner Billie Jean Smith was quoted in the Milwaukee Business Journal article featuring Chad Hamilton: Top Corporate Counsel - Best Corporate Counsel, Private Company.
In the lobby of the Plymouth headquarters of Sargento Foods Inc., the corporate culture is obvious immediately. The four walls are covered with photographs of smiling current and former workers. On one wall is the motto of founder Leonard Gentine: “Hire good people and treat them like family.”
General counsel Chad Hamilton stepped comfortably into this culture three years ago and has been building solid relationships ever since.
“Sargento has a stakeholder concept,” said Hamilton, who was wooed from his native Colorado to be the first-ever in-house attorney at Sargento. “We care about the relationships we have with all of our partners — employees, suppliers, customers, anybody who contributes to our overall success.
“Chad not only was able to fit right in, but he centralized the legal function without stepping on toes, turf wars or bruised egos,” said Billie Jean Smith, a partner at Michael Best & Friedrich LLP in Milwaukee, Sargento’s outside counsel. “He is universally well-liked and highly valued for his legal expertise.”
Hamilton appreciates working for a company where loyal employees stay for decades, plant workers get bonuses before executives do, and workers are relocated within the company rather than laid off due to automation.
Plus, he loves living in semi-rural Wisconsin.
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