Monday, 1 August 2011

M/M Interview with Salvatore Grimaldi

Photo of Salvatore Grimaldi provided by Bianchi was taken by David Sica and provided to Manner of Man Magazine/Welldressed for exclusive use and cannot be reproduced without written authorisation. Copyright Stella Pictures. All rights reserved.


Interview with Mr. Salvatore Grimaldi, owner and CEO of the Grimaldi Industries was conducted by Nicola Linza and Cristoffer Neljesjö in Stockholm June 2011.


Interview with Mr. Salvatore Grimaldi


What inspired you to choose the entrepreneurial path of life?

Challenges are my inspiration. I like to challenge new things to see if can succeed.


Were you ever discouraged? Especially by others when you were starting out on your own?

I was never discouraged, I knew what I wanted and I worked hard. When I started in the 70´s people said that entrepreneurs were untrustworthy and tax evaders. Today, the view has changed and entrepreneurs are now seen as important builders of society


What single piece of advice would you give an entrepreneur today? In today’s economic state, and technological climate?

You have to be good at what you're doing, and feel it's something you can do. This gives you self-esteem and balance to start your own business.


In your view, why does a brand lose their clientele?

Clientele is lost when the brand standard is neglected. A brand is invaluable and has to be managed properly its entire life.


If you could change one thing about the business climate today what would it be?

A lot of people complain about Sweden but I think it's a great country. There is no bureaucracy and we have equality between the sexes. But I think Sweden should focus even more on entrepreneurship because the entrepreneurs are the engines in societies.


How would you describe the man Salvatore Grimaldi and except for business what do you enjoy in life?

I'm interested in people and I care about my co-workers. Perhaps I'm too kind sometimes but I'd rather be that than something else. I spend my spare time with my family, they mean the most to me. Life goes up and down but family always stays behind you.


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