Posts by Kevin Daum

Episode 95: Shelly Sun (BrightStar Franchising), Chicago, Illinois, USA

YPO member Shelly Sun needed in-home care for her ailing grandmother but was dissatisfied with the options available. So she left her job as vice president at a large insurance firm, and founded BrightStar Care, providing high quality in-home care for seniors. Today, BrightStar Care has 335 franchise locations in 38 United States and Canada,…

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Episode 94: Dan Levin (Cain Millwork), Chicago, Illinois, USA

YPO member Dan Levin was born and raised north of Chicago, Illinois, USA, in an entrepreneurial family. After graduating from college, Dan lived in Cancun, Mexico, for several years and built a successful property management business. Dan returned home to become CEO of Cain Millwork, a cabinet manufacturer. Today, Cain Millwork is a full service…

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Episode 93: Kara Huss (DCC Marketing), Decatur, Illinois, USA

For YPO member Kara Huss, family is everything. So after graduating from the University of Illinois and finding her own success in fashion marketing, Kara willingly agreed to her father’s request that she return to the family manufacturing business. Today, Kara is the Vice President and Global Manufacturing Director of TCCI Manufacturing, a worldwide leader…

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Episode 92: Scott Penn (SP Health), Sydney, Australia

YPO member Scott Penn struggled with his weight from a young age. When his parents launched Weight Watchers in Australia, he attended his first meeting at age 13. After beginning his career at an advertising agency, Scott joined his family at Weight Watchers and helped it grow dramatically. When a private equity firm acquired it,…

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Episode 91: Santiago Jaramillo (Emplify), Fishers, Indiana, USA

YPO member Santiago Jaramillo founded his first company out of his college dorm room at Indiana Wesleyan University and somehow still had time to graduate co-valedictorian. Today, Santiago is the Co-founder and CEO of Emplify, which uses a robust feedback platform to better measure employee engagement and satisfaction. Santiago is also the co-author of the…

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Episode 90: Jon DeArment (Channellock), Meadville, Pennsylvania, USA

YPO member Jon DeArment has a healthy respect for tradition. He is proud to be in the fifth generation of DeArments to run his family’s hand tool manufacturing company, Channellock. But he also knows that nostalgia alone does not keep a company successful. As is his family’s tradition, Jon began his time at ChannelLock mowing lawns and…

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