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 sweeping floors during his college breaks.

As he progressed up the ladder, Jon implemented cutting-edge manufacturing technology, which brought both growth and efficiency to the legacy brand. After this success, Jon was named President and COO in 2014, the same year ChannelLock was awarded the “Pittsburgh Business Times” Excellence Award.

After more than 130 years in business, today ChannelLock has over 350 employees, and its 130 products are sold in 45 countries.

In this episode, Jon shares how he is spearheading technological advancement in the tool manufacturing industry while preserving the legacy of a multi-generation family business.

Guest: Jon DeArment, President and COO of Channellock
Host & Executive Producer: Kevin Daum
Executive Producer: Van Van
Music: DreamArtist Music.

Made possible with grants from Gazelles Growth Institute.

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Kevin Daum is an award winning and bestselling author of 5 books. He is a marketer, speaker, and columnist for Inc.com and Smart Business Magazine. As an Inc. 500 entrepreneur, his sales and marketing techniques resulted in more than $1 billion in sales. Drawing on his background in theatre and business, Kevin is a compelling speaker who has engaged and inspired audiences around the globe. Kevin is a graduate of the MIT Entrepreneurial Masters program and has received the Global Learning Award 3 times from the Entrepreneur’s Organization, where he held several board positions. Kevin has designed, produced, and led award-winning executive training programs and events for C-level executives and entrepreneurs on four continents. Previously, Kevin was named one of the 40 people to watch under 40 in San Francisco by the Business Times and in 2006 was named Distinguished Alum of the Year by his alma mater, Humboldt State University.