Jerry is a husband, father,entrepreneur who comes from a family of 9 brothers and sisters, with Jerry being child number 7. He grew up a poor kid from Portland, Oregon with no education, training or advantages in life. Stealing food to eat until getting his first job at 11, living on the streets at 17, violence was a way of life for him. Determined to make it out of his surroundings, Jerry worked more than 20 jobs before starting his first business at 28. Over the last 20 years his companies have generated over $450m in revenue, and a lifetime of experience.
Having had thousands of employees, Jerry has owned all types of businesses, from a large transportation company to car washes, gas stations, and convenience stores. In addition, he owns and manages 150 thousand SF of commercial real estate, has built multiple residential developments with hundreds of lots and has built, remodeled, rented and sold more houses than he can remember. A serial entrepreneur, Jerry has now made it his mission to educate others that grew up like him, teaching that there is opportunity and hope if you are willing to do what it takes.
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