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Born and raised in the Milwaukee, WI. Area, Terry received a B.S. Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1961. After working for others in sales, engineering, and management positions, Terry and his wife Nancy, started Omni Tech Corp in July of 1978 as a manufacturer’s representatives organization. They sold industrial products primarily to the construction and agriculture equipment industries. In 1981, a recession in both of these industries nearly shut down this two-person company which was run out of the Anderson’s home.
Reaching back into his mechanical design background, Terry designed a security cabinet for the Apple 11e computer and had it patented. Milwaukee Public Schools as well as school systems across the country were losing these PC’s to thievery. “Apple Armor” sold well across the country for several years until the Apple11e dropped in price from $2,300 to $600. School systems could afford to lose some PC’s rather than pay $125 for a security devise to secure them. The company started selling custom designed PC cabinets to large end users like Kentucky Fried Chicken, Taco Bell, and many others. Once these firms had all their stores outfitted with PC cabinets, their future needs dried up and so did Omni Tech Corporation’s computer security cabinet business. The business was sold to the fabricator who made the cabinets.
In 1985, with business “going down the drain”, Omni Tech Corporation had to reinvent itself once again. Being familiar with PC’s from the cabinet side, the company started to produce an IBM clone which was sold to dealers across the country. This business shifted several times until a niche was established in 1989. Sales in 1989 were $1,000,000. Following the same niche strategy, sales grew to over $100,000,000 by 1999.
In 1995, Terry was selected as “Entrepreneur of the Year” by Ernst and Young. In 1996 Omni Tech Corporation made Inc. Magazine’s 500 Fastest Growing Companies in the USA list. 1996 also brought with it the top state award of the Federal Small Business Administration’s – “The Wisconsin Small Business Man of the Year “. A trip to Washington, D.C. resulted in Terry winning the number two spot in the nation for this award and received a personal audience with then President Clinton. Terry was the 1998 Campaign Chairman for United Way of Waukesha County. Many other awards have highlighted Terry’s and Omni Tech Corporation’s history.
In August of 2003 Omni Tech’s Desktop Computing Division with revenues of $110,000,000 was sold to MPC Corp of Boise, Idaho. A second division of the company, Dedicated Computing, was started in 1998 and grew to $16,000,000 in 2002 so the company was off on another venture. In 2006 this division did $103,000,000 in revenues and generated a $13,000,000 in net profit. Dedicated Computing designs and builds custom computing engines for other company’s software run products. This division was sold in April 2006 to Mason Wells, LLC for a lot of money. Terry walked out the door on 4/6/06 and has never been back. He is a stockholder of Mason Wells, so he does go to annual meetings. Dedicated Computing suffered for several years after the sale but has bounced back and was sold off in 2016 for a profit by Mason Wells investment bankers who we sold the company to.
Upon leaving their company, Terry and Nancy started a sizeable foundation called Omnium. This foundation funds the initiatives Terry and Nancy are involved with and many local needy organizations. It is aimed at helping the poor help themselves.
Terry had spent 20 years in the Milwaukee inner city working with the poor. In retirement, Terry started an international clean water for third world countries program. After traveling extensively throughout Asia researching the dirty water scene first hand and spending 5 years trying to get an in home clean water device for less than $10, he found he could not do it and reluctantly abandoned the project.
A second philanthropic initiative was started in 2011, that of bringing lose eyeglass lenses and frames to this country where they are distributed to many NGO’s under the name “Vision Now”. The NGO people give simple vision tests and fit the right power lenses to the right frame size. Terry buys high quality eyeglass parts for $3 per pair from Asia and sells them for $3 to the NGO can sell them for up to $7 which is a fraction of the cost of retail store eyeglasses glasses. Although this was to be a third world project, it has been more successful right here in the US with the poor in our major cities. Many people have been able to see clearly for the first time in their lives thanks to this project.
To help his son, Paul, become an entrepreneur and to enter another fast-moving new industry, Terry went into the medical cannabis industry. Terry bought into one of the largest medical hemp companies in the US. Their goal is to further research and sales of CBD oil to large pharmaceutical companies and hospitals across the country. CBD oil is relatively new, but it is a wonderful cure for many diseases which have no cure like cancer and epilepsy.
Travel, golf, skiing, sculpture and other art forms are Terry’s favorite hobbies. A home in a suburb of Denver, CO brings year-round joy to Terry and Nancy as they are very near to their son’s family including 2 young grandsons.
Terry and Nancy have a daughter and 3 grandchildren in Milwaukee which they closely watched grow up while they lived in Milwaukee.
From Haiti to Hong Kong, Greg’s career has focused on job-creation and innovative growth in complex environments. Greg has lived in Kenya, India, and currently resides in Parker, Colorado. Before Eagle Ridge Extractions, he co-founded and co-leads social enterprise -TheSkippingStone and missional nonprofit - Vikas Mission. Both of these initiatives seek to empower artisans through community development in India. Now, Greg seeks to take his 12 years of international economic development expertise and apply it to one of the fastest growing markets in the US: hemp; and more particularly, CBD oil and isolate.
At Taylor University, Greg graduated magna cum laude, and was chosen as "Student Leader of the Year" by peers and selected as the "Wall Street Journal Business Student of the Year" by faculty.
Early in his career, Greg worked at the Logistics department at Wal-Mart’s HQ in Bentonville, AR. He also was on the cutting edge of stevia market research in 2006 with HBS alumni and international entrepreneur, Brian Barnett. Steve is now a multi-billion-dollar industry in the US, as hemp/CBD is poised to be in the next few years.
From 2006-2010, Greg worked among thousands of entrepreneurs in three major continents/ten countries. During 5 years with Partners Worldwide, Greg crafted the Regional Strategy, co-led the L3C Investment initiative, and the High-Impact Entrepreneur program. Starting in Kenya, he trained two MFI and one SME financing client (on new lending software), while providing 'business development services' to membership (under USAID Million Mentor Initiative).
In 2009, Greg transitioned to Asia Regional Facilitator, oversaw staff/business partnerships in the Philippines, Laos, Cambodia, Hong Kong/China, and India including a network of over 300 entrepreneurs. He co-founded the Indian network 'Business Seva', which is now established in 16 cities across Asia. From Hyderabad, he also served in leadership with a Brazilian based MNC., where Greg managed int'l launch event and established interest in franchise partners.
With Vikas (Hindi for Progress), Greg provided holistic training (financial, small business, community health, and technical) to communities across India. Vikas has 25 staff overseeing 5 vocational training centre in 2 states. Over 1,800 clients have been trained. TheSkippingStone employs 40 women out of human trafficking through sales of handcrafted freedom products.