Passing The Torch Sam’s Way
Runco’s Mexico Getaway for its top dealers last month could not have served as a better setting for the passing of the torch from founder Sam Runco to Scott Hix and the Planar team that will now be running the company.
Runco dealers, the cream of the crop among specialty retailers and custom installers, expressed faith in Hix, who confidently took the reigns at what was always Sam’s gig, answering all dealer questions and setting a solid roadmap for Runco’s future. But, in many ways, it was still Sam’s show, if only for the simple fact that he was there; spending time with each dealer and their family (more than 60 of their children made the trip), toasting them with endless rounds of tequila and doing whatever he could to ensure a smooth transition.
And Sam will continue to be there for Runco dealers, since his contract does not stipulate a set departure date. But as Sam steps further into the background, letting the new team make its mark, he will not be quickly forgotten by anyone who has come in contact with him. How could he be?