Brent Jihoon Lee was born in South Korea and grew up in a poor
area. Living in the countryside on the outskirts of Seoul, he
didn't see a car until he was 7 years old. His first job involved
walking up to the peak of a mountain to get spring water, walking
back down and selling it.
On average, one out of 25 people in the area where he grew up
went to college. When Lee, an only child, moved to the U.S. at age
15, he didn't know the English alphabet—let alone the English
Now, about 20 years later, Lee owns his own company, J & K
Home Improvement, in Rolling Meadows, Ill. The company, which has
been in business for six years, remodels about 350 homes per year
and has a sales volume between $2.5...
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