Born in Chicago and growing up in the working-class suburb of Elk Grove Village, Glen learned that hard work and an ethical approach will help overcome any challenge. One of Glen’s favorite quotes is from his Father, “Sometimes you have to plow your own field.” And after 15 years of success in technical sales for a leading power equipment company, Glen did exactly that.
In 1999 he cashed in his entire nest egg and purchased Bema Incorporated, a well-known, but struggling flexible packaging company. In the first 10 years, Glen transformed Bema from a commodity product provider to a leader in quality and packaging innovation. In the next 10 years, Bema’s growth led to hundreds of new jobs and a reputation in the industry as the “benchmark for how it’s done.”
Glen’s inherent commitment to the community has followed him throughout his life. Both before and after his business grew, Glen contributed whatever he could to help people help themselves.
In 2006, Glen was lucky enough to marry Debra Frahm who “strongly encouraged” Glen to take up biking. For Glen, biking has become more than a passion, it is a way of life, and now a means to help kids with cancer. “It is great to write a check for the Cal’s Angels kids,” says Glen, “now let’s see if we can back that up by leaving some blood, sweat, and tears on the road!”