Massachusetts-based Ranfac has a long legacy in the medical manufacturing industry dating back to 1888, well-before World War I, when it provided hypodermic needles to the military for use in the field. But its leadership has a family legacy, too, dating back three generations.

On this episode of MarketScale’s Healthcare podcast, host Shelby Skrhak sat down with Harlan Adler to discuss his recent succession to president of Ranfac following his late father and what’s in store for 2020.

In April 2019, Harlan’s father, Bob Adler, passed away at the age of 65. The elder Adler had been Ranfac president since 1984, when he came to lead the company after his father Herbert passed away that year.

“It was certainly difficult, on a personal level, losing your father, but then, at a professional level, losing someone who you relied upon for leadership and guidance for many years,” Adler said. “But I was really fortunate to have really good people around me to help guide me through that transition.”

As Adler established his leadership, he had to decide which company traditions to keep the same and which to change in order to make them his own.

“There were certainly aspects of how he led the company that I wanted to continue. However, I wanted to make sure I made the company my own and started fulfilling my vision for the business,” he said.

Tune in as Adler shares specific ways he’s balanced his father’s leadership legacy with his own.

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