Touted as “the Henry Ford of the picture framing industry,” Jay Goltz may be the voice in the wilderness that the new generation of entrepreneurs has been looking for.
He graduated from Northern Illinois University in 1978 with a bachelor of arts degree in accounting. Then, he took what he considered “a different path” and started his own business at a time when most of his peers were taking jobs as accountants or going to graduate school.
In the summer of 1978, Goltz founded Artists’ Frame Service. Starting first in his dad’s basement, he soon moved into an old factory district in Chicago. Today, the business is the largest retail, custom picture framing facility in the nation, with over 120 employees and more than $9 million in sales.
Goltz has won numerous awards for entrepreneurship, including being inducted into the Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame. He is a frequent public speaker on the subject of entrepreneurship and running a business. In 1997, he started his “Boss School” seminars which he developed for individuals wishing to become better business owners and managers.
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