Gary Kellmann discusses cryptocurrency, doing business in China, unplugging with the kids, and more.
Gary Kellmann is the managing partner of KDK Technology LTD, which specializes in supply chain management, product development, and financing. Gary is an innovator who advocates for disruptive technologies in the categories of the Internet of Things, Bitcoin, Block Chain, and Fintech. To date, Gary's clients have enjoyed over $80 million in sales with support from KDK Technology.
A 25-year veteran of the manufacturing and wholesale distribution of consumer products, Gary began his career by developing and selling his first consumer product ideas while in college, which helped finance his educational expenses. His first big hit after graduation from college was an invention in the Health and Beauty Aids category for which he landed repeat orders with Walmart stores and specialty chains.
The next 10 years, Gary established recognition in the novelty and beauty category with the world-famous, LED-flashing Belly Lights in 2001 (over two million sold) and Braid Lights in 2003 (over one million sold) before selling his company in 2004.
In his community, Gary sits on the board of directors for the Inventors Association of St. Louis and the Asian American Chamber of Commerce of St. Louis.
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Can you tell us about KDK Technology? [2:05]
How was the learning curve for doing business in China? [3:08]
How have you managed sleep as an international traveler? [5:17]
What is the future of supply chain risk management? What role will blockchain play? [6:38]
Tell us about the experience of paying for college with your first product. [14:32]
Tell us about your upbringing in Owensville. [18:31]
Do you have any experiences as a child that influenced the way you do business? [21:39]
What are the values that we need to teach our kids? [24:26]
What are your favorite family activities? [26:33]
Do your own children understand cryptocurrency? [28:08]
What is your favorite charitable cause? [30:10]