“I describe family businesses as complex, nuanced and rich. You take all the challenges of a normal business and then you add the layer of family dynamics and relationships. Some days you want to pull your hair out and then other days you just love that there’s meaning in what you’re doing.

Referring to his father as a “classic entrepreneur who never says ‘no,’” Stanley Chen is chief executive of the company his parents founded more than 30 years ago. Today, Telamon provides the telecommunications backbone for the mobile networks of AT&T and Verizon and also specializes in solutions for industrial assembly and business process outsourcing.

“I was planning to go to law school, but then decided to come back to Telamon and try it out, never thinking I would stay. I ended up loving it, and after earning a degree at Stanford Business School, I came back and have been here ever since.”

Stanley Chen
CEO, Telamon Corporation
Class of 1998