Franklin Hill Vineyards
“My duties are to make sure my staff has all of the tools they need to do their job well,” said Pivinski, who’s owned the vineyards for 46 years. “I hire the best in their field and get out of their way!”
The original deed to her farm was not in her name. In 1986, with the help of Ruth Bader Ginsberg and 50/50 legislation, Pivinski said, she was the first woman in the state to receive a sole proprietor mortgage with Farm Credit. “Upon ownership, I made it Women Owned and fostered my mission to empower and mentor other women to realize and reach their dreams.”
She said business growth and change take time, so stay focused on results. “I try to be a good mentor for my staff by example, but you become a great mentor when you want what is best for them.”
“This is what I love,” Pivinski said when mentioning retirement. “It is a privilege to do what I do. I visit my grandchildren and follow their journeys. I am learning to meditate and to stay humble. My life started as a single mom with no ownership or financial help to … where my will and desire were so strong that I made my company into one of the largest wineries in Pennsylvania. Namaste!”
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