Dan Hooks propels his organization to new heights by maximizing regional opportunities and building a management team.

Father and son team Stewart and Ross Brown embrace the challenge of change by making the most of their strengths.

Charles Webster uses lean techniques to continuously improve production and efficiency.

Vernon Schaefer sets trends while transitioning company leadership.

Farmers try to make hay while the sun shines. So do marine fabricators in the northern tier of the U.S. For Al Sceiford, owner of Al’s Auto Trim and Upholstery in Erie, Pa., April to November is his chief harvest season; the other four months he’s pretty much hunkered down against the daunting Lake Erie winters. However, he still gets some marine upholstery work done in his indoor facility; it can accommodate boats up to about 24 feet.

David Snoad implements systems and empowers employees so his business can flourish—and he can take a vacation.

Mr. Sadao Izumi moves the tent industry forward—by keeping the big picture in mind.

A big risk turned out to be a big reward for Lake Shore Boat Top’s Kotowski.

Bob Jacquart expands his company and builds a strong brand identity.