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Global Business Leaders: How We Launched a Multinational Startup

Learn how two co-founders built a global business.

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Launching a startup domestically can prove to be challenging for most entrepreneurs. But Kevin Lehrer, the co-founder and CEO of 5 Horizons Group, decided to raise the stakes and take his company global and help others do the same.

“We saw and experienced first hand how companies struggle to overcome cultural, language, and time zone barriers,” says Lehrer. “We wanted to address the problems that companies experience when manufacturing in Asia.”

Learn how Kevin Lehrer built a global business, along with co-founder Jonathan Allen, and how to successfully launch in foreign markets.

Company: 5 Horizons Group
Founder(s): Kevin Lehrer, Jonathan Allen
Location: St. Louis, Missouri
Industry: Manufacturing
Startup Year: 2007
Startup Costs: $5,000

How I Got Started:

In 2007, Jonathan and I made a decision to break off from one of the country’s leading consumer product manufacturing companies to launch our own Asian manufacturing advocacy firm, focused on facilitating Asian manufacturing strategies for U.S. consumer product companies.

We decided to do this because we saw and experienced first hand how companies struggle to overcome cultural, language, and time zone barriers. We wanted to address the problems that companies manufacturing in Asia experience, including cost efficiency and quality control.

We launched our company to help our clients increase ROI and get better goods back to the United States. Today, 5 Horizons Group provides solutions and technology that enable companies to achieve their global strategies via a suite of services covering global sourcing, product design, development and much more.

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