And that Victor Wood
is a guy who reached the heights of the business world through pure grit, savvy and iron will.
You think of iron will and most often a crazy, Gordon Liddy type of person pops into mind (holding one's hand over a lighted candle, for example).
That's not the iron will Victor Wood displayed and yea, relied on to construct a business career that perhaps few in Indian Rocks Beach, where he lives and is an active member of the community, know about but is stunning.
The title of his
book captures the essence of what has been the hallmark of Wood's life.
is a native Pennsylvanian and grew up just west of Philadelphia in Media, near the Pennsylvania Dutch country.
It was a family typical of the times - mother and father, Victor
brother, two sisters and an aunt and grandmother.
It gave Wood
the theme of his
life - you make the top effort, you discipline yourself and you do what you must do.
It paid off for this guy.
Wood graduated from Washington and Jefferson where he played on the baseball team and a year later was in the Navy where he served as a navigator on patrol planes out of Newfoundland.
The early lessons from a tough father became the framework of Wood's life.
"What you learn at an early age helps you survive in the most difficult events as you go through life," he
After the Navy
, it was the corporate world in which Wood
way and he
was eminently successful.
"For me, it was always having a plan, developing an iron will to execute that plan and having the courage of my convictions.
But it was not a one-man trip," he
"I had many mentors along the way."
Most of us know about the corporate world only through reading a novel, seeing a movie or observing what unfolds through news media.
We know it to be a tough, unforgiving universe.
succeeded - dramatically so - in that world.
Out of the Navy in 1959, he broke in with Mobil Oil, moved on to the Marriott Corporation, then was with McDonalds for half the 1970s before embarking on a career with Diversifoods.
That was a career peak, working with a company that had restaurants ranging from full service like Chart House to fast food such as Burger King
He was president of development for Diversifoods, handling real estate, construction, and franchising.
hit another peak as senior vice president of development for Payless Shoe Source
from 1985 to 1994.
is still active with his
own Wood Commercial Enterprises.
family discovered Florida years ago during his
business career and the Woods settled in Indian Rocks Beach in the 1990s.
Along the way came two sons, Rurik Thomas Hasbrook Wood and Jason Dion Victor
Wood, to join Victor and wife, Beryl.