Timeline of Life Events

Marine Corps Sunset Parade, 2013

1937
Born in Brooklyn Hospital on May 9, 1937, to parents Janice and David Day

1938
Lived in Brooklyn Heights, NY

1939
Close to mother Janice Day

1940
Moved to Grace Court in Brooklyn Heights; became best friends with Ted and Tod (we became the 3T’s) and played in streets of Brooklyn

1941
World War II started

1942
Grandfather William Day died and grandmother Marion Day moved in with us

1943
Attended Brooklyn Friends School in Brooklyn, NY

1944
Had trouble reading and father David Day tutored me

1945
World War II ended; uncle Richard Day returned from service in the Army Air Corps and lived with us

1946
Participated in street athletics

1947
Rescued “Stranger,” a homeless dog who was named after the movie “Welcome Stranger”

1948
Attended Poly Prep Country Day School in Brooklyn, NY

1949
Started spending summers in Kent, CT, with grandfather Tack Fowler

1950
Grandmother Marion Day died; learned to hunt and fish with grandfather Tack Fowler

1951
Took driving lessons from grandfather Tack Fowler

1952
Attended Deerfield Academy in Deerfield, MA; saved grandfather Tack Fowler from hornet attack

1953
Spent summer working at Pinnacle Valley on Lake Waramaug, CT

1954
Worked in Ogunquit, ME, for the summer

1955
Graduated Deerfield Academy; worked in Ogunquit, ME, for the summer; attended Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT

1956
Attended Marine Corps Platoon Leader Course in Quantico, VA, for the summer; son Eric Gleason born

1957
Spent summer working on West Coast

1958
Attended Marine Corps Platoon Leader Course in Quantico, VA, for the summer

1959
Graduated Wesleyan University; married Janet Vaill; started The Basic School for Marine Officers at Quantico, VA; daughter Leslie Day born

1960
Stationed at Twentynine Palms, CA, as Platoon Commander; Major Charles Webster became first mentor; son Tim Day Jr. born

1961
Promoted to Executive Officer of artillery battery

1962
Released from active duty in the Marine Corps; attended Harvard Business School in Cambridge, MA

1963
Worked for Chase Bank in New York City, NY, during the summer

1964
Graduated Harvard Business School; recruited to Trans World Airlines (TWA) as Financial Analyst in New York City, NY, by second mentor Bob Gallaway

1965
Promoted to Manager Special Financial Projects at TWA; son Bryan Day born

1966
Promoted to Manager Profit Analysis at TWA

1967
Promoted to Director Transportation Budgets at TWA

1968
Recruited to General Host as VP of Acquisitions in New York City by Bob Gallaway and third mentor Harris Ashton

1969
Completed Armour Tender offer; promoted to VP Planning and Development at General Host

1970
Promoted to VP and Treasurer at General Host; grandparents Tack and Marion Fowler died; discharged from Marine Corps

1971
General Host acquired Cudahy Company; joined Stratton Mountain Ski Patrol

1972
Promoted to Group VP of Operations at General Host

1973
Skiing capabilities improved and started enduro motorcycle racing

1974
Led operating divisions at General Host to record performance

1975
Promoted to President Cudahy Foods; moved to Phoenix, AZ; Cudahy was a financially troubled business; joined Board of Directors of American Meat Institute

1976
Divorced Janet Vaill; promoted to Executive VP General Host; Tim Jr. moved to Phoenix, AZ

1977
Joined Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO); turned Cudahy into profitable business; took up running and started competing in 10k races

1978
Committed to search of self; participated in Life Spring and other training courses

1979
Worked on extensive lifetime planning and objectives exercises

1980
Elected President Harvard Business School Club of Arizona; General Host decided to exit meat business

1981
Founded Bar-S Foods Co. as President and CEO; became Chairman YPO Arizona Chapter

1982
Company suffered big losses; struggled for survival; had union attacks; made bank nervous

1983
Mother Janice Day died; union won Seattle Plant election

1984
Elected YPO Forum Moderator; closed Bar-S Seattle Plant

1985
Bar-S Seattle Plant sold; expanded Bar-S Clinton and Denver Plants

1986
Bar-S was solidly profitable; second mentor Bob Gallaway died

1987
Graduated YPO; joined CEO and Amigos Forum; restructured General Host financing; started weight training program; Bryan moved to Phoenix, AZ

1988
Started Quality First; Bar-S became prime borrower; met Sandy Clester; became Amigos Forum Moderator

1989
Retired remaining Bar-S acquisition financing; gave Sandy Bar-S the Pig

1990
Major Bar-S Clinton Plant expansion completed; Bar-S became Sub S Corporation; purchased new home in Paradise Valley, AZ

1991
Introduced world-class manufacturing practices; founded FARE Committee; joined Project SLIM

1992
Awarded “Master Entrepreneur of the Year;” Received City of Hope’s “Spirit of Life Award;” relationship with Sandy Clester ended

1993
Opened new Bar-S Altus Plant; received “Food Industry Award”

1994
United with son Eric Gleason; grandson Taylor Gleason born; became Chairman Greater Phoenix Leadership

1995
Planned to shift bacon operation to Bar-S Altus Plant; Leslie moved to Phoenix, AZ, and joined Bar-S; Sandy Clester reentered my life

1996
Completed Bar-S Altus Plant expansion; closed Denver Plant; moved all operations to Oklahoma; engaged to Sandy Clester

1997
Married Sandy Clester; granddaughter Samantha Day born; appointed Chairman Goldwater Institute; established The Timothy T. Day Foundation

1998
Opened Bar-S Lawton Plant and Elk City Distribution Center; elevated Bob Uhl to President and I became Chairman and CEO; moved residence to Jackson, WY; Leslie married Joe Pellillo; granddaughter Chenay Gladstone born

1999
Bar-S achieved record sales; Bar-S became America’s #1 Hot Dog; implemented HACCP; Bryan married Heidi Kapfer; started construction of new home in Jackson, WY

2000
Food Safety became top priority; grandson Harrison Day born

2001
Survived product recall crisis; completed new home in Jackson, WY; received AMI’s “Edward C. Jones Community Service Award;” Eric married Michelle Murg

2002
Restructured Bar-S; back to basics; record performance; granddaughter Sophia Pellillo born

2003
Validated new levels of performance; grandson Winston Day born

2004
Bar-S became fit for success; remodeled home in Paradise Valley, AZ; revised estate plan and governance; granddaughter Lily Pellillo born; Lulu (the Pug) born

2005
Published first edition of autobiography; purchased new home in La Jolla, CA; started major capital expansion at Bar-S Altus Plant; established Timothy T. Day Marine Corps Entrepreneur Fellowship at HBS; first mentor Charles Webster died

2006
Returned as President of Bar-S running day-to-day operations; promoted Warren Panico and Linda Boodman to Executive VPs; father David Day died

2007
Bar-S had record performance; implemented Category Leadership Program; restructured transfer pricing; Guest of Honor Speaker for the Marine Corps Birthday hosted by the Phoenix Luncheon Committee

2008
Bar-S Altus Plant damaged by tornado; implemented new packaging; Company performed well in recession

2009
Honored with “Distinguished Alumnus Award” from Wesleyan University; recognized at dedication of Semper Fidelis Memorial Chapel in Quantico, VA; Guest of Honor Speaker for the Marine Corps Birthday at the Marine Corps League – Old Breed Detachment in Phoenix, AZ; Tim Jr. married Naia Blanco

2010
Bar-S Foods Co. sold to Sigma Alimentos – largest transaction in Arizona that year; agreed to remain CEO for two more years

2011
Started integration of Sigma’s U.S. business into Bar-S; grandson Eric Samuel Gleason born; established Timothy T. Day Marine Corps Executive Education Fellowship at HBS; opened Timothy T. Day Family Office; Guest of Honor Speaker for the Marine Corps Birthday at the 6th Engineer Support Battalion, Company C in Phoenix, AZ

2012
Achieved successful combined enterprise; retired as Bar-S Foods CEO after 31 years; awarded Marine Corps Heritage Foundation’s “The John A. Lejeune Award for Exemplary Leadership;” Guest of Honor Speaker for the Marine Corps Arizona Reunion in Prescott, AZ; Guest of Honor Speaker for the Marine Corps Birthday at the Recruiting Station in Phoenix, AZ

2013
Received Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation’s “Semper Fidelis Award;” Parade Reviewing Officer at MCRD Graduations in San Diego, CA, and Parris Island, SC; Guest of Honor at the Sunset Parade in Washington, D.C., and at the Home of the Commandants; Guest of Honor Speaker for the Marine Corps Birthday at the Marine Corps League – Copper State Detachment in Prescott, AZ, and at Marine Aircraft Group 14 in Cherry Point, NC

2014
Honored at Plaque Dedication at Mount Soledad Veterans Memorial in La Jolla, CA; attended Marine Corps Heritage Foundation Timothy T. Day Overlook Private Dedication Ceremony and Reveal in Quantico, VA

2015
Honored at the Formal Dedication Ceremony of the Timothy T. Day Overlook at the National Museum of the Marine Corps in Quantico, VA; Parade Reviewing Officer at MCRD Graduation in San Diego, CA; Guest of Honor Speaker at MCRD Museum Foundation Globe & Anchor Salute in San Diego, CA; underwent prostate cancer treatment; moved to new Biltmore Estates home in Phoenix, AZ; presented with the “Chesty Puller Recruit Company Honor Graduate Award” by the Marine Corps Association & Foundation

2016
Featured in Marine Corps Association & Foundation’s Leatherneck Magazine for Marine Corps philanthropy; Wesleyan University Honorary Captain at Football Game and acknowledged at Plaque Dedication at Andersen Fitness Center

2017
Received City of Hope’s “Spirit of Life Award” for the second time; Guest of Honor at the Evening Parade at Marine Barracks in Washington, D.C.; Guest of Honor Speaker for the Marine Corps Birthday at Marine Aircraft Group 24 in Kaneohe Bay, HI, and at the Recruiting Station in Phoenix, AZ; committed funds to renovate Shad Hall Fitness Center (future name “Tim Day Fitness Room”) at Harvard Business School; contributed funds for new Deerfield Athletics Facility (Puck Shooting Room and Group Exercise Room); baptized into the Christian faith by Pastor Rick Brown; retired as Chairman of the Board for Bar-S Foods – A Sigma Company after serving 36 years

2018
Published second edition of autobiography