Barry Sendel is one of the most innovative businessmen in America. He is an inventor at heart, always looking to find creative solutions for the fast-changing demands of the American marketplace. Throughout his career he has found creative business solutions for problems in a variety of industries, including, but not limited to: Construction, Synthetics (Woven Fabrics), Business/Finance, Medical Equipment, Engineering & Robotics, Music & Entertainment, Disaster Relief Logistics, and Shelf-Stable/Ready-To-Eat Packaged Food. Although Mr. Sendel was born in Canada, he considers the United States his second home, as he has been in business here since the late 1990's. It is also where he chose to base the headquarters for Chef Minute Meals, Inc., the company Mr. Sendel founded in 2011, which is still growing strong today under his leadership.
EDUCATION & AWARDS
Mr. Sendel graduated in 1964 from Sir George Williams University in Montreal, Canada. During his extensive career, he has also been awarded various honors and recognitions, some of which, include winning the Canadian Grand Prix Award for Originality & Innovation, New Products Category (2000 – 2001), being selected as an Honored Member for the Heritage Registry of Who’s Who (2005 – 2006 Ed.), as well as the Trademark Business Leaders of America (2018 Ed.), and winning the Citizen of the Year Award from U.S. Deputy Sheriff’s Association (2019).
CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY (1965 ‐ 1969)
In 1964 Mr. Sendel opened Montreal Open Woodhaven, a building supply company based in Montreal, Canada, which serviced contractors for the Expo 67. He converted the company into a Home Renovation Depot & Building Supply House in 1967, complete with show rooms and consultants; this was the first of its kind in North America that catered to the "do-it-yourself" market.
Canadian Grand Prix Award for Originality & Innovation
In addition, he helped to provide builders with a much needed reprieve during the Ready-Mix Strike of 1968 by deploying cement batching plants with ready-mix trucks to various development sites including, Cadillac Developments, Greenwin Developments, and Olympia York Developments, as well as others, which helped to avert a monetary crisis for developers.
Then in 1968, Mr. Sendel started Norsofco Group Ltd., a building supply company in Toronto, Canada, to help to service the massive construction boom that was taking place at the time.
FINANCE INDUSTRY (1968 – 1980)
In 1968, Mr. Sendel created the first credit card protection register, called “Protect-O-Card”, which he later sold it to a large Insurance Company.
In 1978, following the closing of Remington Rand Corp.’s, Photocopy & Electric Typewriter Division, he purchased thousands of their liquid toner photocopy machines and Rand Electric Typewriters; then, quickly sold-off the entire inventory to countries in the Middle East.
During his trip home from Israel in 1979, a stopover in Paris proved quite advantageous for Mr. Sendel. After witnessing renovations being done to the Eiffel Tower, he struck a deal with the contractor to purchase all of the scrap steel leftover from the project. He then converted this scrap steel to form miniature steel beams coated in black with bronze trim, all of which, was certified for authenticity by the French Government. He sold these miniature beams (in a designer black box) to Saks Fifth Ave, Bloomingdale’s, and Macy’s for retail sale; thereby, giving people an opportunity to take a piece of history home with them, by owning a small part of the original Eiffel Tower.
In 1980, Mr. Sendel purchased and then sold two Amusement Park Trains (made in the U.S.), for use at Man & His World (in Montreal, Canada), a floral exposition; a project worth $1.5M.
MEDICAL EQUIPMENT INDUSTRY (1985 ‐ 1988)
The "Brook Life-Saving Airway"
In 1985, he started Innovatek, Inc. and re-introduced the medical device, known as the “Brook Life-Saving Airway”, which eliminated cross-contamination during “CPR”; this device became an essential piece of equipment carried by first responders, as well as others, as it was effective, lightweight, and economical.
During this same time period, Mr. Sendel invented the first home-use fertility device, which indicated the optimum time for conception. In 1988, he took the company public and sold it.
ENGINEERING INDUSTRY (1990 ‐ 1997)
In September of 1990, Mr. Sendel had the privilege of helping some engineers who were involved in designing the no-impact, exercise shoe, known as the Exerlopers.
From 1990 to 1997, he redesigned animated robotic dinosaurs to make them look and move in a much more lifelike manner. By employing the use of air, instead of oil, in the making of the dinosaur’s artificial skin, he succeeded in giving them a more realistic look and feel. He then established a niche-market, comprised of Museums, Zoos, and Theme Parks, with which, he was able to sell the product to.
Barry running in the no-impact exercise shoes
ENGINEERING INDUSTRY (1990 ‐ 1997)
Ronnie Fraser and Sammy Ambrose
During 1962 to 1964, Mr. Sendel made his foray into the music business by working with two recording companies, Monticana Records, Carnival Records and Columbia Records. Monticana Records was responsible for producing the songs, “Nobody” and “Help” by Ronnie Fraser. Carnival Records produced the songs, “I Cried” and “Let It Be Me” by Sammy Ambrose & The Afro-Beats.
In 1964, he began producing the Motion Picture, Playgirl Killer, produced in Montreal, Canada, starring William Kerwin, Andre Champagne, Jean Christopher, and Guest Starring, Neil Sedaka.
Motion Picture "Playgirl Killer"
MANUFACTURING INDUSTRY (1969 ‐ 1980)
In 1969, Mr. Sendel started a bag manufacturing company, specializing in fertilizer packaging, and won a contract with International Mineral Corporation (“IMC”), a U.S. Based Company, to produce 1M bags for potash. His company, Kyoto Fibers based out of Osaka, Japan and Canada, was the first of its kind to ship bags from Eastern Canada to the West. The company also began developing woven polyethylene and polypropylene for textile bags, carpet backing, furniture, mattresses, tarpaulins, and swimming pool covers.
In 1971, he produced 700,000 woven fabric shelters for the refugees in East Pakistan during the Indo-Pakistani War and their monsoon season. That same year, while Mr. Sendel was in India, he was instrumental in helping these same relief organizations, as well as others, with logistics for the food and medical supplies being flown in by charter airplanes . He made a similar contribution by helping a Catholic Relief Services (“CRS”) with logistics during the Guatemala Earthquakes in 1976, as well.
In 1975, he produced 70,000 of these same woven fabric shelters, in an exceptionally short timeframe(1 1/2 months), for Catholic Relief Services & UNICEF.
PACKAGED FOOD INDUSTRY (1997 – Present)
Since 1997, Mr. Sendel has been working in the consumer products-packaged food industry, developing and producing ready-to-eat meals. In 1997, he started developing ready-to-eat meals by working in conjunction with a canary, which produced canned fish. Together with this packing plant, they prepared tuna & tuna-salad in retort cans for export to Canada. This process was the stepping-stone that led to Mr. Sendel to develop self-heating, shelf-stable meals, ready-to-eat meals.
Barry's Self-Heating Box Meals
From 2000 to 2010, he developed and worked on patenting a self-heating package containing a shelf-stable meal with a 5-year shelf-life. This unique product was self-heating and ready-to-eat, anytime, anywhere, and did not require a microwave or refrigeration.
In 2001, Mr. Sendel co-founded D&B Specialty Foods, Inc., a food packaging company based out of Ontario, Canada, and served as its CEO, President, and Director.
Barry's Product Line
Then in 2011, he founded Chef Minute Meals, Inc. (“CMM”), a food packaging company based in Piney Flats, Tennessee, which produces gourmet self-heating, shelf-stable, ready-to-eat meals to service governmental & quasi-governmental agencies for disaster relief, as well as to the public, through its retail sales division. He designed the company’s product line with the customer’s needs in mind, and later expanded the line by creating even more delicious and convenient food options for life on the go. CMM’s products include, Chef 5 Minute Meals, Chef Express Meals, Backpack Meals for outdoor lifestyle, and 72-hr Emergency Kits. To this day, Mr. Sendel continues to serve as CMM’s Founder/CEO.