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Chuck Lewis Introduction

Chuck Lewis is a homegrown product of Central Virginia. During his lifetime, he has jumped out of planes, ridden in rodeos, raced motorcycles, and built a multimillion-dollar produce company. Chuck Lewis had the honor of being chosen the 1993 Charlottesville/Albemarle Chamber of Commerce Small Business Person of the Year. He was also named one of the regional winners of the Blue Chip Enterprise award for entrepreneurship.

With the opening of York Place, a luxury shopping mall, Chuck took on a new role as a leader in the revitalization of Downtown Charlottesville.

Chuck’s No. 1 motto? “Obstacles are what you see when you take your eyes off the goal.”

 

Charlottesville, VA, Entrepreneur Means Business in New Autobiography

He started out poor, but he dreamed big.

Now, for the first time, he tells how he achieved his dreams.

All the Riches of Job: A True Story of Success, And What Came After, published today by Serendipity Press, is an extraordinary story about an ordinary man.

This compelling autobiography tells of Virginia entrepreneur Chuck Lewis s rise from rural poverty to multimillion-dollar success in business and real estate, chronicling his early hardscrabble years and his two decades of chasing “entrepreneurial rainbows” while working fulltime in the food service industry. After more than 15 “learning experiences’ a pony ride business, a laminating business, a theater-cleaning service, and many more. Chuck Lewis and his wife Kathy invested their last $250 in as many cases of tomatoes as their car would hold.

It was their last chance, and it worked. Eight years later, they were grossing $11 million in produce distribution, with a 15,000 square foot warehouse and 45 employees working in shifts 24 hours a day. When he was 46 and she was 40, they retired, having achieved their dream of independent wealth.

All the Riches of Job… also explores what came after Chuck and Kathy Lewis’s success: The doubts, fears, and disappointments you don’t see when you’re on what Lewis calls “that nice level lawn.” Tragically. Kathy Lewis died of an asthma attack just two years after they retired, leaving her husband without a retirement partner. His struggle to work through his grief is a poignant part of the book told honestly, with feeling and candor.

Without Kathy, Lewis writes, he sought to fill a void that was all but impossible to fill. When he learned that his buyers had gone bankrupt, he bought the business back, renaming it Kathy’s Produce in memory of his late wife. In just five years, he has built it to $7 million, and expanded the retail operation fivefold. In 1996, he sold the business once again. devoting his “semi-retirement” to real estate development and public service.

Sharing his story with the public is a part of his new dream. “There’s only one Michael Jordan,” he says. “But anyone can be Chuck Lewis. If I can make it, anybody can.”