John Saputo Shares What Inspires Him

John Saputo, owner and president of Gold Coast Eagle Distributing, shares what keeps him motivated.

By Susan Burns March 14, 2016 Published in the March 2016 issue of Sarasota Magazine

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Sage Lake in Northern Michigan

This is where I met my wife. I was 16 and she was 15. We’ve built a big, beautiful family lodge and bought 400 acres of hunting land around it. It’s the ultimate getaway.

Anheuser-Busch’s A&E Eagle Symbol

Anheuser-Busch is the top distributorship you can own. It’s even sweeter because I was a distributor for all the competing brands before I got to use it. It’s a symbol that I accomplished almost all of what I wanted to accomplish in this business.

Walking the warehouse of my distributorships

I get to see my employees, ask them about their families, what they are trying to accomplish.

Hemingway’s A Farewell to Arms

It told you exactly what war was going to be like. Hemingway was one of those guys who didn’t have to go to WWI. He volunteered because he believed in the cause.

Battle flag from my armored command vehicle, “Amtrack”

It symbolized the respect my Marines had for me. It was filled with oil and grime from the oil fires. They cleaned it first, framed it and put a wonderful sentiment on it. It’s in my office.

Charge of the Light Brigade

This painting is a symbol of raw courage. It was a tragic charge.

Wedding ring

Always makes me think how lucky I am. Denise has stayed with me for 43 years with the demands of my Anheuser-Busch beer distributorships and after leaving her and four daughters on numerous Marine Corps deployments and missions. A strong, tough woman.

The Pieta

This sculpture represents the ultimate sacrifice.

M16 bullet

This bullet was the last round left in my magazine from my first combat action in [Desert Storm] Kuwait. It reminds me how easily life can be taken from you.

Marine Corps workouts

I do three to four a week. It’s the time I use to clear my head and think of innovations.

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