Gerald "Jerry" Chamales, founded Rhinotek Computer Products in his Venice, California
studio apartment in 1979. Rhinotek combines direct telemarketing and internet sales with manufacturing and recycling of laser printer cartridges. Jerry was awarded the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award for business service, and Rhinotek was named to Industry Week Magazine's list of the Top 25 U.S. Manufacturers.
Jerry has helped hundred of recovering alcoholics and drug addicts rebuild their lives. His efforts have been profiled on CNBC, ABC, NBC Nightly News and the O'Reilly Factor. His work has also been profiled by Time Magazine, Success Magazine, Business Week, Fortune magazine and the front page of the Wall Street Journal.
In 2001 Jerry teamed with The Lewa Conservancy in Northern Kenya to help save the nearly extinct black rhino
, hence the name Rhinotek. An estimated three-hundred-fifty of the Fortune 500 companies use Rhinotek products, and a portion of each sale goes directly to the Conservancy.
In 2006 Jerry sold Rhinotek to a private equity firm and his Canadian recycling company to industry giant Okidata. He then founded Equity Value Group, a company specializing in investments and philanthropic causes. He also lectures on his experiences as an entrepreneur at the University of Southern California
An advocate for the homeless, Jerry served as a board-member of the Midnight Mission in Los Angeles, a... Read More