Meet The Family
Leonard Bugajewski, Sr.,
He is considered a pioneer in transfer tanks for syrups which later evolved into what we know today as Bag-In-Box syrups (BIB’s) A graduate from Ohio State University, Len Sr. owned his own soft drink company in Toledo; Favorite Beverage Company. Later he owned a Pepsi bottling plant, also in Toledo, before stints in Buffalo and Detroit for Vernor's Ginger Ale, where he served as both Ass’t Sales Manager and Manager for the Fountain Syrup Division. Leonard Senior founded Leonard’s Fountain Specialties with his son, Leonard Jr. in 1965. Leonard Sr. passed away in 2008.
Leonard Bugajewski, Jr.
Industry legend and active CEO, Leonard Bugajewski, Jr. has been leading the way at Leonard’s since 1964. A true man of his community, Leonard has built a reputation over the years for his integrity and generosity. It is Leonard’s philosophies that still drive the company. They are built upon helping both our customers and our team members succeed at all costs. It is no mistake that the Leonard’s Syrups brand started with nothing but a father, a son, and a delivery truck and is now recognized all over Michigan. Leonard Jr.’s classic family values and traditional business ethics have set us apart from our competitors since 1964. Leonard believes that at the core of our business is our team and if any individual is willing to work hard, then they deserve a chance to prove themselves.
From an early age, Leonard found that he and his father were not only able to provide businesses with high quality products and top-notch service but that he also possessed a discerning palate, from which his customers could benefit. Leonard went on to create each and every recipe for Leonard’s famous rainbow of flavors. He would also become a professional member of the Institute of Food Technology and a noted Flavor Chemist.
A University of Michigan alum and a reserve Lieutenant in the Macomb County Sheriff’s Mounted Division, Leonard’s passion for his home state, his local community, and law enforcement is unrivaled. He was previously the Northeast Detroit Lions Club president, a current member of the Selfridge Air Force base community council, a past president of the IBDEA, and even carried the Olympic torch for a leg of its journey through our great state.
“Our customers deserve the very best service and highest quality products. Period. Anything less is unacceptable.” – Leonard Jr
Jean Ann Bugajewski
Jean Ann is an active participant in her family’s business. Being a wife, mother and Grandmother, Jean Ann Bugajewski remains fully immersed in the day-to-day operation of Leonard’s Syrups Account Management.
Leonard Bugajewski III
Lenny is the heart our business, making the whole operation happen day in, and day out. First to show up and last to leave, few if any can say they care more about their people and their business than Lenny. Lenny not only oversees all aspects of our daily operations as President, he also is our resident flavor mixologist. Lenny is the man behind the creation of our delicious, hand-crafted flavors; all made right here in the Motor City. Teams follow leaders and our team strives to deliver superior service and exceed customers’ expectations because of the business standards that Lenny holds sacred.
A Michigan State University graduate, Lenny joined his father and Leonard’s Syrups after graduating and quickly helped take the company to the next level. Lenny’s unsurpassed dedication and shrewd business savvy are contributing factors in Leonard’s Syrups’ exciting exponential growth.
Sherri helps to develop dynamic, creative, and cutting-edge concepts to move us into the future. A spring of new and innovative ideas, there is no scale that can measure the value Sherri brings to the table, and it is her vision that has guided us to where we are today. The team relies on Sherri for her perpetual optimism and commitment to always doing what is right.
As Vice President, Sherri oversees all financial and data driven aspects of the business as well as helps direct the team in all business matters. After graduating from Michigan State University, Sherri joined Leonard’s and went on to develop the administrative and financial infrastructure that would end up facilitating Leonard’s explosive success. Every day, Sherri continues to push the envelope and inspire those around her to achieve more.
Stephen Bugajewski Stephen built the foundation of the continued product development and marketing techniques for our new specialty products. Relying on his Accounting and Business Administration Degrees from Walsh College, he formed the culture we still use to bring Leonard’s full spectrum of products and services to life. He will always be in the hearts and memories of all the Leonard’s past and present customers and employees.
As our head of business development, Luke is relentless in his pursuit of excellence and is borderline obsessed with making Leonard’s the best possible company it can be. Luke is a bullet train: high-velocity and unstoppable. With a fresh perspective and a keen ability to identify outdated processes, Luke is helping Leonard’s evolve into a more efficient and effective organization.
Luke also oversees all new beverage sales and has already proven to be formidable leader in this industry. With a degree from Michigan State University in finance and accounting, Luke promotes a culture of pride and hard-work and sets the standard for professionalism on the team.
It would be easier to list what Mark does not do for Leonard’s than to list what he does. Our own jack-of-all-trades, Mark works within numerous departments, ensuring continuity and maintaining company standards. From syrup production to system installation to employee relations and beyond, there is very little that goes on at Leonard’s that Mark is not involved in. Mark is also instrumental in the development of new departments and product offerings to better service alternative industries.
Mark’s ability to create relationships and earn customer’s trust has proven invaluable to the success of several critical projects. If hustle had a first name, it would be Mark.
Meet The Grand kids
Lucas, Mark, Brooke, Emily, Natalie, Leonard IV (Leo)