“Persistence is the key to success.” So says Gerald “Jerry” Chamales,
a man whose story epitomizes the American dream. The once homeless
alcoholic and drug addict sobered up and founded Rhinotek Computer Products in his
Since then Rhinotek, which combines direct telemarketing and the internet
with the manufacturing and remanufacturing of laser printer cartridges, has
flourished into a multi-million dollar enterprise—providing the first
nationally branded compatible ink and laser cartridge for the
Chamales also purchased a Toronto based recycling company that, combined with Rhinotek, employed nearly six-hundred people while generating in excess of fifty-seven million dollars in annual revenue.
Chamales' business achievements have gained national recognition. He was
awarded the prestigious Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award for
Business Service and Rhinotek was named to Industry Week Magazine’s list of the
Top 25 US Manufacturers. Not only has his work been featured on
In 2001 Chamales teamed with Lewa Conservancy in
In 2006 Chamales sold Rhinotek to a private equity firm and the Canadian recycling company to seven-billion dollar industry giant, Okidata. With the sale of the two businesses behind him, he founded Equity Value Group, a company specializing in investments and philanthropic causes. “It’s the dream of every successful entrepreneur to sell the business he or she founded while it’s thriving, and at an excellent profit. I was fortunate enough to do that, not once but twice.”
Born in 1951, he is the son of Tom Chamales, author of "Never So Few," which was adapted into a movie starring Frank Sinatra. A latch-key kid who lived almost the entire first decade of his life in a foster home, Chamales spent most of his teens and twenties battling alcohol and drugs. Then, in his mid-twenties, he cleaned up his act and hasn’t looked back.