Jim McCann, 1-800-Flowers Founder: He Started Small and Blossomed in a Big Way!
In this episode of Do You Ever Wonder Jim tells his fascinating story!
'For more than 45 years, we have embraced technology to grow and transform our business. We believe a culture of innovation begets a culture of reinvention, and we are constantly reinventing ourselves as a company.'
Born in Queens, Jim worked for a non-profit and tended bar to supplement his income. Through a chance meeting with the owner of a flower shop, Jim's journey that led him to build the 1-800-Flowers empire began.
He had the drive, desire to grow, willingness to innovate and the instincts that kept him ahead of the curve in what was to become the extremely competitive world of online flowers.
Jim grew through synergistic acquisitions of companies that complemented the 1-800-Flowers brand, and took the company public in 1999 right before the bubble burst.
In 2016 Jim stepped down as CEO, with his brother Christopher assuming the role.
Philanthropy and Giving Back
In 2015 the McCann family founds Smile Farms Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to providing meaningful employment in agricultural settings to individuals with developmental disabilities.
Today the company has a military veterans initiative to bring vets as well as their spouses into the 1-800-Flowers family.
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