Getting to know Scott Livengood, Krispy Kreme Doughnuts
Stricker: How Did KrispyKreme get started?
Livengood: The company began in 1937 here in Winston-Salem North Carolina when the founder of the company had bought a doughnut recipe from a cajun chef, his name was Joe Labeau, and our founder bought this recipe from him.
Stricker: How many doughnuts do you sell a day?
Livengood: We make and sell I think its 3.5 million doughnuts a day.
Stricker: How many different varieties do you have?
Livengood: Well we have about thirty varieties that our stores have and twelve varieties that are our common offerings that theyíre required to have and then they have three optional varieties. So there will be fifteen choices in each Krispy Kreme store.
Stricker: How many doughnuts do you eat a day?
Livengood: Over the course of a week Iíll probably eat a half a dozen to a dozen doughnuts. There might be a day I donít have one but then thereís a day Iíll have two or three.
Stricker: Do you have them at your company meetings?
Livengood: We do. We have them in our office delivered fresh every day.
Stricker: Did you have any special training to become president of Krispy Kreme?
Livengood: Well my training has been having been with Krispy Kreme for twenty-five years. Iíve kind of grown up in the company, and I read a lot, so thatís probably where Iíve got the most part of my training.
Stricker: Do you have any kids?
Livengood: I do.
Stricker: Do they like doughnuts?
Livengood: They love Krispy Kreme and that their dadís a part of the company. When they have friends over for a sleepover Iíll take them into the back of the store and show them how we make doughnuts and they have fun back there making their own.
Stricker: Whatís your favorite book?
Livengood: Iíve been reading ďGood to GreatĒ lately, and another one is ďLeadership Is An ArtĒ.
Stricker: What was your favorite book when you were a kid?
Livengood: When I was a kid the book that really captured my imagination was a book called ďThe OddessyĒ by Homer.
Stricker: What's your favorite website?
Livengood: Well yours is becoming one of my favorites, but the website I use more than any is the weather channel.
Stricker: Have you ever been to San Diego?
Livengood: I have.
Stricker: Have you ever surfed?
Livengood: No, I havenít. Thatís one of those things in life that youíve always wanted to do but never have done.