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Edward Piszek
American businessman

Edward Piszek

Edward Piszek
The basics

Quick Facts

Intro American businessman
Was Writer Businessperson
From Poland
Field Business Literature
Gender male
Birth 24 October 1916, Chicago, USA
Death 17 March 2004 (aged 87 years)
Star sign Scorpio
Education
The University of the Arts
The Wharton School
Awards
Polish Cultural Merit Order  
The details (from wikipedia)

Biography

Edward John Piszek (24 October 1916 – 27 March 2004) (PEE-zeck) co-founded the Mrs. Paul's frozen foods brand with John Paul, a bread salesman. Piszek bought out his partner in the 1950s.

His family moved from Chicago to a farm near Quakertown, Pennsylvania, and then to Philadelphia, where his father opened a grocery store. He later earned a degree in business administration by attending the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in the evenings.

One of his early jobs was as a salesman for Campbell Soup. He hit upon the idea of selling frozen fish in 1946 when he was on strike from his job at the General Electric plant in Philadelphia.

The company suffered after Piszek bought Arthur Treacher's Fish and Chips in 1979. He sold the business to the Campbell Soup Company in 1982 for close to $70 million.

He wrote a book, "Some Good in the World: A Life of Purpose".

Philanthropy

He gave millions to battle tuberculosis in Poland and started the Copernicus Society of America to honor Polish achievements. He bought the Philadelphia house where Tadeusz Kościuszko, the Polish statesman who aided the American Revolution, once lived, restored it, and donated it to the National Park Service. It is now part of Independence National Historical Park.

His donations to Little League Baseball in Poland made Kutno, Poland, the league's European training center. He befriended Cardinal Karol Wojtyla of Kraków before he became Pope John Paul II.

He was a member of Gore 2000.

Sources

The contents of this page are sourced from Wikipedia article on 15 Jun 2020. The contents are available under the CC BY-SA 4.0 license.
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