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Jerry Jendusa is the co-founder of STUCK Coaching and STUCK Fund 1 and, before that, the co-founder and CEO of EMTEQ a Wisconsin based aviation equipment manufacturing and engineering company he started in his basement, grew to more than 600 employees producing $100 Million in revenue and sold to a strategic acquirer in 2014.
After graduating from UW Milwaukee, Jerry began his career in pharmacy sales at a company that just happened to have an avionics business as well. That led him to PF Technologies where he met his soon to be co-founder, Jim Harasha and hatched the idea that became EMTEQ.
After leaving EMTEQ, Jerry and his partners started STUCK, a coaching program based on the Single Page Plan process that provides a comprehensive, yet simplified, approach to help business leaders and entrepreneurs grow their businesses. In addition, Jerry invests in early stage companies through his STUCK 1 Fund, serves as the Co-Chair for Scale-Up Milwaukee, is a mogul on the TV show “Project Pitch It” and is a member of the UW-Milwaukee Lubar Entrepreneurship Center Board of Advisors.
Mike and Jerry cover a ton of great stuff in this episode, including how he bootstrapped and started EMTEQ at the age of 27, built the company quickly in a highly regulated and mature industry, used the awful experience of 9/11 to re-focus the company’s attention on culture, creating great experiences for their clients and capturing their “unfair” share of new business and the process that led ultimately to the company’s sale. He captures these experiences and more in his best-selling book, called “Get Unstuck”, where entrepreneurs and business owners can learn how to get un-stuck and skyrocket your business results.
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