Episode 28 – Tom Simone on Investing in Natural Product Companies
August 26, 2011
In Episode 28 of The Wendel Forum(originally aired on August 20, 2011, on Green 960 AM radio), guest Thomas Simone, President and CEO of Simone & Associates, shares with show host Dick Lyons his perspective on the investment landscape for health and natural products. He’s got a long history in the business, having work with companies including United Natural Foods (distributor for Whole Foods) and Spectrum Organics (oils and supplements), among many others. His early involvement in this industry started around 20 years ago, after watching his daughter’s interest in natural products.
Over the years, he’s seen this industry as one of the highest growth areas in the economy. What common denominators for success does he see? The successful companies all start with a great team. Products don’t build a company, the people do. An operating action plan is critical. Tom is able to bring infrastructure and practical advice to start up company teams to help them turn their visions into sustainable enterprises.
He discusses the triple bottom line and its impact on investment decisions. He offers insight into how investors might go about valuing a business, how profits and prospects affect the valuation, and what kind of return investors might expect out of a business opportunity.
This is a man who knows the natural food and product landscape; in fact he’s been instrumental in shaping it. We hope you enjoy what he has to say.
Tune in to Green 960 AM radio tomorrow at 11:30 a.m. (Pacific) to hear an interview with Nick Flores of Investor’s Circle.
Listen to the interview with Tom Simone: Episode 28 of The Wendel Forum (mp3, 27 min 48 sec)
About show host Dick Lyons: www.wendel.com/rlyons
Green 960 AM radio website: www.green960.com