Iowa STATEment Makers is a recognition program of the Iowa State University Alumni Association’s Young Alumni Council, honoring graduates of the past 10 years who have made strong statements in careers, entrepreneurial endeavors, academics, community service, or personal achievements. There are 17 honorees for 2014, and we’re introducing each of them to you here on the blog.
Chris (’07 management information systems) and his three older brothers, all of whom are ISU graduates, have built a successful international motorcycle part/repair business in just over five years. Imperial Sportbikes specializes in used parts for most late-model European and American sportbikes, as well as basic motorcycle maintenance. The company’s annual sales in 2009 were $200,000 and in 2013 had climbed to $1.5 million with about 6,000 customers. Because Chris and his brothers each have a unique, ISU-honed skill set, nearly all of Imperial Sportbikes’ business functions are performed in-house. One of Chris’ largest contributions has been the development of a large-scale inventory system with radio frequency identifier tags that enables his team to track and find parts in the 8,400-square-foot shop. Imperial Sportbikes has maintained a 100% customer rating on eBay and is known worldwide for superior customer service.
…his dream job: “Owning multiple businesses and getting them to a point where I can help manage them from anywhere in the world”
…the movie he’s always quoting: “Dumb and Dumber”
…his guilty pleasure: “Chick-fil-A strawberry or chocolate shakes!”
…his favorite quotes: “If you’re going through hell, keep going,’ by Winston Churchill and ‘The reason we struggle with insecurity is because we compare our behind-the-scenes with everyone else’s highlight reel’ by Steve Furtick”