Stamford, CT — R.L. Albert & Son, Inc. CEO Robert “Bob” Katz is set to retire in December after 50 years at the company.
Katz joined Albert as national sales manager in 1971 after graduating from University of Wisconsin and serving in the U.S. Army. He eventually became general manager and was appointed CEO in 2006 after the sudden passing of then CEO Larry Albert.
“Bob’s dedication to Albert’s has been unwavering since the day he joined in October 1971, initially working for my father, Sidney J. Albert and then my brother Larry,” says Ernie Albert, the company’s current owner and president. “As I took up the role of president, Bob was appointed CEO and his endless energy, meticulous attention to detail and steadfast leadership have been invaluable to the Albert family. We will be forever grateful for his 50 years of loyal service.”
“Bob is a ‘candy guy’ to the core and it’s been a true privilege to work with him over the past 20 years, initially as a supplier and then in the past 12 years as a colleague at Albert’s,” says Dominic Maciocia, vice-president of sales. “His passion for candy and Albert’s is the same now as it was 50 years ago and it’s testament to his leadership of the company that this 100 year old business continues to thrive. His mentorship, wisdom and advice have been invaluable to me personally but the humor we have shared daily is something that I will miss just as much.”