1960 Horatio Alger Award Winner
"Excel at every job. Your diligence can take you from washing dishes to heading a major company."
Frank Armour was the son of a Pittsburgh metals worker of modest income. As a young teenager, he washed dishes in an ice cream parlor from 5 p.m. until midnight for 50 cents. When he was 14, he heard about a better paying job at the local drugstore soda fountain, but one requirement was that he be 16. Armour borrowed a pair of long pants that made him look older and secured the job.
Upon graduating from high school, he was employed by the H. J. Heinz Company as a guide on tours of the food-processing plants. In his first 36 months, he worked in 18 departments, including traffic, bookkeeping, and sales. His talent in sales planning and promotion led to his being made manager of the Heinz Pier at Atlantic City and the Heinz exhibit at the New York World's Fair. In 1942 he became general manager of the Aircraft Division of H. J. Heinz, which built glider parts. Promotion followed promotion and successively he held positions as head of all manufacturing and then head of sales and advertising. In 1959, he became president of the huge food company, with factories in the United States, Canada, Great Britain, Australia, Holland, and Venezuela.* Deceased