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2nd Quarter Power Lunch
June 22, 2017 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm$10.00 – $20.00
Join us for our Second Quarter Power Luncheon featuring keynote speaker Gale Lemerand!
Mr. Lemerand is one of the Nation’s leading entrepreneurs and philanthropists and will speak to the VYPG about his journey and how he got where he did today.
A Little more about Gale:
Lorin Gale Lemerand was born in Escanaba, Michigan, a small town in the state’s upper peninsula, the middle of three children in a working-class family.
After high school he served in the Merchant Marines and then in the Air Force, serving in Korea as the Korean War was winding down. When he got back to the states, he discovered a knack for selling, and sold vacuum cleaners and Fuller brushes door-to-door before moving up to building materials and a management position in Chicago.
But the company downsized and wanted Lemerand to transfer to Phoenix. That wasn’t going to happen, so at age 40, he decided to form his own insulation company, agreeing to take on his former boss, Richard “Dick” Williams, as a minority partner.
Four years later, looking to expand Gale Industries beyond Illinois, Lemerand in 1978 began opening branch offices in Florida and decided to move his headquarters that year to Daytona Beach.
“I started a location in Port Orange and just liked the area so I decided to come here and build a house,” he recalled.
Lemerand in 1995 agreed to sell his company, which had grown to 100 locations in 23 states, to Masco following an aborted attempt to take Gale Industries public the previous year.
He continued to work for Masco five more years before parting ways with the company to pursue other interests.
Houligan’s is one of nearly 30 restaurants Lemerand either owns or co-owns, along with Stonewood, Peach Valley Cafe and Pie Five Pizza. Restaurants are the second business empire he’s built. The first, an insulation company he started at age 40, brought him more than $100 million when he sold it at 60.