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.
Director of Recruiting & Marketing
Olivia Olenberg grew up in a family business in the high-end fashion industry where she was able to develop her natural people skills and impeccable sense of style. She received her BA at Towson University, where she was a founding member and Vice President of Recruitment for her sorority. While an undergrad, she worked at an employment law firm where she gained hands-on experience advocating for fair working conditions across various industries. With her diverse employment background in many fields including law, non-profit, sales, and graphic design, Olivia’s passion for helping others has always shined through. A native of South Jersey, Olivia has told people she’s from Philly her whole life, and is thrilled to be back home.
Tyler Thomson hails from the Jersey Shore and is currently in his final year at Penn State University pursuing his BA in public relations and communications. Early in high school Tyler began working as a food runner/umbrella boy for a local Pool Club where he then went on to become a Floor Supervisor for 3.5 years in which he was able to build his gift of gab as well as adding on-the-go problem solving and multitasking prowess to his array of skills. Throughout his undergrad experience, he worked as a freelance writer and research analyst for two Sports Data start-up companies established by past Penn State graduates. At PSU, Tyler is also a member of the Pi Kappa Alpha brotherhood where he holds numerous leadership positions including Public Relations Chairman, Academic Chairman, and Recruitment Advisor.
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.