Sally Hargis isn’t one to brag about herself or her achievements. She’s a firm believer that a business is only as successful as its team, so she’s always made it her goal to place focus on the employees at Ozarks Coca-Cola/Dr Pepper Bottling Company. In her experience, company growth organically follows suit when employees feel valued. According to her, this is a lesson that she learned from her father, Edwin C. ‘Cookie’ Rice, who is the current CEO of the family business.
“When people would ask my dad, ‘How many trucks do you have?’” Hargis recalls, “he would say, ‘Well, I don’t know how many trucks we have, but I know how many employees we have. I know how many people we have driving them.’ That was really significant to me.”