Rock Around the Block - The Blog of Rock LaManna

My Father: Innovation and Legacies

Posted by Rock LaManna on Fri, Jun 8, 2018 @ 13:06 PM

As we approach Father's Day, I want to take a look back at my father's career and his legacy. As a man in his 90s, Carlo LaManna has much to look back on with pride.

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Topics: Family Business, Rock's Story

Buying, Selling and Leaving My Company Behind

Posted by Rock LaManna on Wed, Apr 1, 2015 @ 08:04 AM

I had no idea what was in store when I began trying to purchase Vomela Company in 1985. But through the unexpected surprises, I learned several important lessons about what it takes to purchase a company and eventually leverage a profitable sale. (This is the final installment of a three-part series about my personal experience building and selling a profitable business.)

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Topics: Business Development, Selling Your Business, Strategy, Rock's Story

3 Keys to Restructuring My Business Amidst Looming Uncertainty

Posted by Rock LaManna on Thu, Mar 26, 2015 @ 08:03 AM

At the age of 26, I was named President of a converting business - a company about to lose 90 percent of its revenue. Here’s the story of how I came out on the other side a more enlightened, innovative business owner. 

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Topics: Business Development, Selling Your Business, Converting Industry, Strategy, Rock's Story, Management

Lessons Learned: How My Father Sold His Business

Posted by Rock LaManna on Wed, Mar 18, 2015 @ 08:03 AM


When I started working for my father at Vomela in 1975, I knew virtually nothing about the business. But through the years, he would teach me countless life lessons about owning a company and creating a vision to successfully sell a business. 

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Topics: Selling Your Business, Succession Planning, Family Business, M&A, Rock's Story