Wirtz: Talking About the Best of Everything
CHICAGO ( TheStreet) --- William Rockwell Wirtz, aka "Rocky," is principal owner of the Chicago Blackhawks NHL team and Wirtz Corp., a conglomerate of industries that include real estate, banking, insurance and the Wirtz Beverage Group, for which son Danny is vice president of spirits marketing and sales.
Father and son sat recently to talk about the team, its Stanley Cup win, the pleasures of drink and delights of family and the city they call home.
Rocky, you took over as chairman of the Blackhawks in the fall of 2007. At the beginning of this season, your fifth in charge, you're able to look back on an impressive and growing list of achievements. Aside from winning the Stanley Cup -- that's too easy -- what is your proudest moment as head of the Hawks?
Rocky: Seeing 2 million people on a beautiful Friday afternoon in Chicago celebrating a hometown win. It was both gratifying and humbling to be a part of it.Your changes really helped usher the team -- and the perception of the team -- into a new era. To think that five years ago, the Blackhawks weren't even on TV in Chicago. Now Danny is tweeting about watching Hawks games on his iPhone. How do you approach and manage the balance between hockey's rich tradition and necessary innovation? Rocky: It is no different than how you sell Crown Royal or Smirnoff, two brands with rich histories. You honor the past by embracing fresh ideas and by bringing in the right people. You have to entrust the people in your organization to find the right talent and let them do their job. The old adage: You've got to spend money to make money. It's another one of the philosophical changes you made to the business of the Blackhawks. You believe in it, but it wasn't something the team had been used to when you took over. What advice, with that in mind, would you give a new business owner with very little money to spend?
Select the service that is right for you!COMPARE ALL SERVICES
Jim Cramer and Stephanie Link actively manage a real portfolio and reveal their money management tactics while giving advanced notice before every trade.
- $2.5+ million portfolio
- Large-cap and dividend focus
- Intraday trade alerts from Cramer
- Weekly roundups
Access the tool that DOMINATES the Russell 2000 and the S&P 500.
- Buy, hold, or sell recommendations for over 4,300 stocks
- Unlimited research reports on your favorite stocks
- A custom stock screener
- Upgrade/downgrade alerts
Jim Cramer's protege, David Peltier, identifies the best of breed dividend stocks that will pay a reliable AND significant income stream.
- Diversified model portfolio of dividend stocks
- Alerts when market news affect the portfolio
- Bi-weekly updates with exact steps to take - BUY, HOLD, SELL
All of Real Money, plus 15 more of Wall Street's sharpest minds delivering actionable trading ideas, a comprehensive look at the market, and fundamental and technical analysis.
- Real Money + Doug Kass Plus 15 more Wall Street Pros
- Intraday commentary & news
- Ultra-actionable trading ideas
Our options trading pros provide daily market commentary and over 100 monthly option trading ideas and strategies to help you become a well-seasoned trader.
- 100+ monthly options trading ideas
- Actionable options commentary & news
- Real-time trading community
- Options TV