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Jon Polin
Jon Polin

Jon Polin

Jon Polin
Growing up in Chicago, other than a short-term gig mopping the floor at DarNet's as a 12-year-old, my first job was vending peanuts and Frosty Malts at Cubs and White Sox games. Post high school, I studied history at University of Wisconsin and then, after a stint working in finance at a mortgage company in Chicago, I got my business degree at the joint Boston University/Ben Gurion University program in Israel. I stayed in Israel for a few years to help found a software company that got acquired by Thomson Elite, a provider of business software solutions. That was followed by ten years of developing products, building and managing brands, and creating and executing large online and offline marketing campaigns at two Fortune 500 companies, first at The Clorox Company in Oakland, CA, then at Capital One in Richmond, VA. I followed my passion for natural products and my itch to create a business I could be proud of and co-founded Abe's Market. Now, Abe's Market has me working harder than ever, but I'm constantly energized by interacting with our passionate sellers.
I have soft spots for great coffee, the state of Wisconsin and the Chicago Cubs, but my four favorite things in the world are my wife, my son and my two daughters.
Richard Demb
Richard Demb

Richard Demb

Richard Demb
Several times a week, Morton Einbinder, a wholesale grocer in Chicago, packed his trunk full of candy and set across the state to meet his customers. During the summer, I joined my grandfather on his sales calls, and the trips in his Lincoln were spent listening to his stories, like the one about meeting H.B. Reese days before his company's sale to Hershey's. "Get to know the people" and "The best companies mirror the founders passion for their products" is some of the wisdom he shared with me, gems that I have carried through life. 
While completing my undergraduate degree and working at an investment bank specializing in technology startups the entrepreneurial spirit took a hold of me and I left to start GC Zone, a company that provided payment solutions for shipping e-commerce products. For my next venture, I co-founded Dale and Thomas Popcorn. Our all-natural wholesale line, Popcorn, Indiana, was born a year later. After countless meetings and hitting the food show circuit, Popcorn, Indiana established national distribution. On the path to growth I was fortunate to have been featured on TV, newspapers and magazines but the most fun was meeting other business owners who had launched remarkable natural products . We shared samples of our products, lessons we had learned about retailers, advertising, packaging and the excitement from the roller coaster ride that is entrepreneurial life.
My wife and two boys loved sampling other companies products and hearing stories about the people who made them. Abe's Market is a result of a grandfather who loved meeting people, my exposure to fantastic companies, a close friend who understands consumers search for natural products and the desire to share my grandfather's wisdom with my kids.

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