Chon Yamamoto wanted to be an engineer recruiter, but fell in love with the forthright nature of manufacturing. He quickly became an advocate for the industry. For 13 years, Chon has been a manufacturing recruiter in the Philadelphia area, receiving recognition by industry leaders for his expertise regarding manufacturing skill sets. Born and raised in Los Angeles, CA, Chon moved to Philadelphia when he was 18 and never looked back. His passion for helping others and sticking up for the little guy drives his goal to spread awareness about the job opportunities in manufacturing. He is YAMAMOTO’s fearless leader, and is allergic to mostly everything.
Katie Yamamoto started her career in biomedical research after double majoring in Integrative Biology and Human Rights Studies at UC Berkeley. Katie received her master’s in biomedical sciences and went on to work in healthcare marketing. She was working for Johnson & Johnson in medical device sales when her husband, Chon, was ready to launch Yamamoto. Through her solution-driven attitude and infectious positivity, Katie left J&J to become co-founder, Vice President and overall heart and soul of Yamamoto. Katie’s fun facts are she loved playing ultimate frisbee in college, climbed Mount Kilimanjaro, and is neutral about cilantro.
Jahmeir Reed comes from the City Of Brotherly Love and is currently schooling at the California University of Pennsylvania. In high school, Jahmeir would design and sell T-shirts on social media, but ultimately decided to become a Computer engineer due to the lack of creativity majors offered at school. After three semesters as an engineering major, he decided to switch his major to Digital Media Technology. Over the course of his studies, Jahmeir learned to use Adobe Cloud applications, allowing him to grow his design and photography capabilities. Before Yamamoto, Jahmeir interned at Easy Event Planning as a marketing intern where he wrote blogs and worked with their social media team.
Intern & Industry Expert
Griffin joins the Yamamoto Team as an intern from Millersville University where he is a senior majoring in Sports Business and minoring in Athletic Coaching. During his internship with Yamamoto, he's looking forward to learning invaluable skills that he'll be able to take with him going forward. He's passionate about the manufacturing industry and believes in Yamamoto's mission to get more young people involved in MFG. In his free time, Griff is the team captain of Millersville's D3 CHF ice hockey team. When he's not on the ice, he enjoys spending time with his girlfriend and family.