BUSINESS & ECONOMY

From the beach to the board room

Collecting trash along the Jersey Shore was the first job held by Michael Stivala, who now serves as the president and chief executive officer of Suburban Propane, a publicly-traded nationwide distributor of propane and other fuel products. Suburban Propane began operating in North New Jersey in the late 1920s and has grown to serve 41 states.

Stivala is featured in our second episode of our new Summer Fridays digital series. He believes in the importance of continuing to set and achieve new goals while staying humble. By taking his own advice, he’s been able to keep his shareholders happy while remaining true to himself. Perhaps it’s not surprising that Stivala still has a soft spot for the Jersey Shore.

Summer Fridays is a new digital series that aims to inspire through the stories of successful Jersey entrepreneurs.