I have been building businesses my entire life.
From the time I was a little kid, I was always looking for ways to make a little extra money. I ended up starting my first business in high school, selling plumbing supplies at the local flea market.
Fast-forward twenty years, and my flea market business had turned into a publicly traded company doing more than $600 million in revenue and employing more than 2,300 people with 60 distribution centers across the US, Canada, and Puerto Rico. In 1999 Forbes named our company, Wilmar, “one of the 200 best small companies in America.”