Return on Culture


Michael Kiolbassa | President, Kiolbassa Smoked Meats

C3 Financial Partners

Return on Culture

This presentation will detail how building a values-based and open-book culture transformed the Kiolbassa Smoked Meats company and team.

About Michael Kiolbassa

Michael is a native San Antonian and began his career in the family sausage business in 1987 after a two-year period working in the commercial banking industry as a credit analyst.  Since then, he has overseen the transformation of the family meat company from a small family business to one of the fastest-growing meat brands in the US with national distribution of their sausage, chorizo, and dry-cured bacon.  He was named one of San Antonio’s “40 under 40” rising business stars, the 2004 Small Businessperson of the Year by the Small Business Administration, and a 2016 and 2020 finalist for Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year award.  In 2020, his company, Kiolbassa Smoked Meats was named by Forbes Magazine as one of the 25 “Small Giants” in business.


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