Lou Lentine started with a $15,000 investment and made only $18,000 the first year in sales. That year they took no salaries and plowed all the money back into the business. Lou Lentine was committed to delaying gratification until the business was a success. With the help of a $100,000 SBA loan and determination such as when Lou brought a laptop on his honeymoon, success became a reality. "I always wanted to be a successful businessman," said Lentine. Through this SBA loan, Lou would go on to become a nominee for the SBA Young Entrepreneur award.
Today Viatek Consumer Products Group is a global company and world leader that develops, manufactures and distributes innovative products. Our cross-functional team possesses unparalleled talent from product design, engineering, manufacturing and marketing. We bring the total innovation solution catalogers and retailers require.
Viatek Consumer Products Group Inc and affiliate companies have been developing products since 1992. The group maintains offices in the USA and Asia. Our complete catalog list can be found at www.viatekcatalogs.com. All Viatek products are available online at viatekproducts.com and at select retailers worldwide.
" Our group specializes in being world leaders in the development of innovative products, for both our Viatek brand and private branded customers. We also utilize our strong infrastructure for competitive product sourcing." says Lou Lentine.
Lou Lentine and Viatek have received numerous awards including Deloitte & Touche Fast 50 Growing Companies, Business Week as one of the fastest growing companies, UCF College of Business Hall of Fame, UCF distinguished Alumni Award, Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Finalist and Florida best 100 Companies.
Viatek currently distributes their products in 70 countries spanning 5 continents. Our innovative categories of products have enjoyed tremendous market growth as consumers seek affordable problem solution products.
Viatek Expands to Technologically Savvy Chattanooga
Although Walter Cronkite once reported Chattanooga, TN as one of the "dirtiest" cities in America, Chattanooga has regained its reputation as not only an environmentally friendly city, but a technologically savvy city. In a recent report on CBS This Morning, Sheldon Grizzle, the co-founder of Co.lab, stated that more start-ups and entrepreneurs are calling Chattanooga their home for one specific reason: high speed internet. Believe it or not, Chattanooga is home to the highest speeds in the Western Hemisphere and is far more advanced than the rest of the country. In fact, in recent years, Chattanooga has developed the blueprint for the future.
So how does Chattanooga deliver such high internet speeds? The secret is gig and EPB's fiber optic network. EPB's entire 600 sq. mile service provides businesses and homes-regardless of income or geographic location- access to internet speeds up to 1 gigabit per seconds. Since the gig was launched, entrepreneurs from all over the world have traveled to Chattanooga to test how far it will go including Viatek Consumer Products Group, a company that sought to expand its offices in 2011.
With continued research, Viatek President Lou Lentine decided to open another office in Chattanooga, a city that has been named one of the top places to live for its rich culture, beautiful landscapes, and business oppurtunities. And those who have lived or visited Chattanooga couldn't agree more. "Chattanooga has a strong sense of community, handsome natural landscapes, civic pride, and the ability to solve problems that are often daunting to bigger cities." (NPR, Morning Edition)
For the last two years, not only has Viatek expanded its business in Chattanooga, but has become the epicenter for design, development, and distribution. Viatek has hired over 20 employees and plans to hire 20-30 more throughout 2013. Among the avaliable positions, Viatek is looking to fill administrative, warehouse, and assembly positions to aide in their continued growth. This year alone, Viatek President Lou Lentine is planning on opening a larger warehouse to not only develop innovative products but manufacture them here in Chattanooga.
Watch the Video on CBS This Morning: HERE