Ken Lear is a highly experienced sales professional, entrepreneur, and business leader. He is a trained mentor of young business professionals developing their own success and strives to inspire his team to new heights. Ken Lear is the leader of a growing organization that features driven and self-motivated individuals focused on improving essential business skills.
Ken Lear attended Pennsylvania State University. While at Penn State, Lear studied Marketing and International Business. He obtained his Bachelor of Science degree from the Smeal College of Business Administration and played soccer for the prestigious Nittany Lions. Ken Lear continues to strengthen his ties as an alumni through participation in Penn State’s Varsity “S” Club, the Penn State Alumni Association and the Penn State Club Soccer Alumni group.
Ken Lear is also an active philanthropist. He is actively involved with the charity organization Operation Smile, the 4-H of Georgia and the American Cancer Society.
Ken currently resides in the metro Detroit area, where he leads an organization responsible for the acquisition and retention of clients for a wide range of industries. This website is dedicated to demonstrating Ken Lear‘s professional knowledge and accomplishments, as well as fun articles and thoughts on current events and interests.
Q&A with Ken Lear
Why did you get in to sales and then become an entrepreneur?
I started in sales because I needed experience fresh out of Penn State’s Smeal College of Business. I was told from my advisors in the business school that if I ever wanted to be a CEO, upper level management, or even an entrepreneur someday, I needed to appreciate and understand sales. After doing business-to-business sales for a year, I then got an investment from a business partner to start my company at 23 years old.
What does being successful mean to you?
Freedom. You can look at freedom in a lot of ways, but mainly I want to be free to make decisions I want to make, not the ones I have to make.
What are your business objectives?
I want to create a business that lasts for generations. I want to give others a chance to be entrepreneurs, which I have been doing for the last 15 years. Besides the birth of my 2 boys, I have had no better feeling then giving the gift of entrepreneurship and influence to someone else.
Aside from entrepreneurship, what are some of your hobbies?
I still love to play soccer in an over-30 Mens League. I completed a tri-athlon last year, and tend to hit the links when I can. Now that my boys are getting older we are going to get busy in their activities.
What were you doing professionally before the entrepreneurship route?
I was professionally doing school work and Penn State University, juggling the life of a Division 1 Student Athlete, keeping a 3.3 GPA.
What is something people would be surprised to learn about you?
I am actually a hopeless Romantic, and with the tragedy I have seen in my life with both my parents passing from cancer, I tear up often when I feel like someone shows passion toward achieving something to make their family proud.
What motivates you?
Seeing the light bulb turn on when I teach someone something new, that they initially doubted they could do. I think it is empowering and exciting to see someone become confident in themselves.
What accomplishments are you proud of the most?
Best & Brightest in the Nation 3 years in a row (2014, 2015, 2016)., Best and Brightest in Detroit 3 years in a row, and Elite Winners of the Best and Brightest in Detroit where only 6 companies get that among 300. I am also very proud that I have sent 2 very close friends on a humanitarian medical mission as a volunteer with Operation Smile, both of whom had that on their bucket list of goals in their lifetime. That was from the amount of money we raised in a day, close to $5000 in a day twice!
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Beach house, laptop, inspiring the masses to dream, and creating new opportunities to build an empire, on the personal side being the dad who has enough freedom to see my kids play sports whenever their games are.