One of the most important services we provide at More than Money is the opportunity to use our radio show as the platform to inspire more Americans to embrace capitalism. We believe many – or most – of the challenges America faces today can be overcome by the creation and growth of more American businesses. To that end we have interviewed many successful business owners caring enough to share their inspiring stories with our audience for the sole purpose of encouraging listeners to start and/or grow their own businesses. More and growing businesses employ more Americans who can then create their own financial independence. This is the upward cycle America needs today.
These are descriptions of some of the folks and their businesses we’ve interviewed. Check back often as we add more. If you know a business owner with an inspiring story please let us know so we can invite that person to share their story and inspire more Americans.
None of the businesses described here have endorsed More than Money or the MtM Financial Group. All of the businesses described here have endorsed America, American capitalism, and wish to see a brighter future for all Americans.
Gary was previously with two privately held manufacturing companies following a 22 year career with Air Products and Chemicals in finance, business development and general management roles. Prior to Air Products, he held positions in the international unit of R J Reynolds Industries. His assignments spanned Europe, Canada and Asia.
Gary received his MBA degree from University of North Carolina and his undergraduate degree from Penn State University. He has served on community zoning boards and currently serves on boards of two privately owned companies, the Life Sciences Council board, on curriculum advisory boards for two technical schools and the Workforce Investment Board.
After graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Lafayette College, David went on to be a Lieutenant in the US Navy, Submarine Officer USS Henry M. Jackson. Being a family owned and operated business, he joined Micro Tool Company in 1992 as the Manufacturing/Sales Engineer. He took over as President in 1998.
Bob Aylward, President, EJJ Enterprises
Bob Aylward spent 16 years in the Medical Equipment industry when in the year 2000 he decided to make a career change and start EJJ Enterprises. EJJ Enterprises is a consulting company that markets options and ideas for all sorts of recognition/incentive awards for valuable employees. Companies utilize the programs in a vast array of applications from Years of Service and Retirement awards to sales incentives, safety incentives, productivity metrics, customer services awards, and the similar.
Matthew McLaughlin, President, Meris Communications
In 2001, Matt McLaughlin was a Product Manager faced with the decision of relocating to Austin, TX, or take the ‘lay-off’ to stay here in the Lehigh Valley. A good friend suggested 6 months prior to start his own company. When faced with the decision, Matt took the leap to start building the foundation of Meris Communications with nothing but “a closet, ½ an employee, and what was left in the piggy bank.” Meris Communications is a marketing communications firm that teaches companies how to ‘sell’ to their target markets and correctly position them within the media marketplace.
The Just Born candy tradition actually began in 1910 when Sam Born emigrated to the U.S. from Russia. Just Born is a family-owned candy manufacturer that has been in business since 1923. They make everyone's favorite candies.
Among their well known confections are:
PEEPS Brand Marshmallows Candies
MIKE AND IKE Brand Candies
HOT TAMALES Brand Candies
GOLDENBERG'S PEANUT CHEWS Brand Candies
They employ almost 600 associates, most of whom are at our world headquarters in Bethlehem, PA. In 2009, Just Born opened its first retail store, PEEPS® & Company, in National Harbor, MD. Since then, they have opened 2 more stores. One in the Mall of America in Minneapolis, MN and the other in The Outlets at Sands Bethlehem in Bethlehem, PA. Under the current leadership of Co-CEO’s Ross Born and David Shaffer Just Born acquired Goldenberg Candy Company, makers of PEANUT CHEWS® and CHEW-ETS®, in 2003. Today, Just Born products are exported to many world markets and the candy is available to more than 1.5 billion people worldwide.
The company's primary goals are to protect your assets while reducing the overall cost of risk. While the cost of risk concept is not unique, the KMRD approach is.
Unlike other insurance brokers, KMRD is not focused on providing insurance quotations - they look for the optimal risk management solution.
They use a proven diagnostic process, which is supported by a unique collaborative technology
Jaindl Farms was established in the early 1930's by John L. Jaindl. In 1965, Fred Jaindl, John's son, purchased the farm which at the time was raising and marketing 200,000 birds per year and farming 500 acres. After Fred purchased the farm, John continued as General Manager working every day until 1980 when David Jaindl, Fred's son, took over as General Manager of the farm