MAMARONECK, N.Y. -- Christine Warrington, of Walter’s Hot Dog Stand in Mamaroneck accepted an award alongside her children on Tuesday, recognizing her as the owner of one of the most outstanding family-owned business in Westchester.
Warrington is a member of the third generation of her family to run the popular food company, which was started by her grandparents in 1919.
Landmarked in the National Register of Historic Places, Walter’s was one of 26 family businesses to be honored by Westfair Communications Inc., publisher of the Westchester County Business Journal, Fairfield County Business Journal and WAG, a regional lifestyle magazine. This was the fourth year Westfair has given the awards.
Warrington said she was thankful that her children, Christine Ramaglia-Sand, 39, Gene Christian-Baca, 31, and Katherine Woodward, 27, all are working to continue the legacy of Walter’s.
“I’m fortunate that my children have a passion and excitement for the family business,” she said.
The event was held at an office park in White Plains, and was preceded by food and drinks catered by 1133 Cafe. Guests, sponsors and business owners conversed and networked around the booths that lined the room, showcasing some of the businesses being honored.
The keynote speaker was Doug Wade, fourth generation owner of Wade Dairy in Bridgeport. which was founded in 1893. Wade said he started working in the family business when he was eight years old and attributed the business’s longevity to his family’s dedication.
The awards were decided by local judges with backgrounds in business and economics: Anthony Davidson, dean of Fordham University’s School of Professional and Continuing Studies, Marcia O’Kane, president and CEO of Greenwich Chamber of Commerce, Pete Gioia, vice president and economist with the Connecticut Business and Industry Association and Andi Gray, President and founder of Strategy Leaders Inc., business consulting firm.
Curtis Brodner is a member of the Purchase College Community Reporting Team