Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Chen founded Sunshine Enterprise, Inc. after he earned his International MBA degree at the University of Memphis in August 1998. He has grown the company from one man operation to 400 employees in less than 10 years through organic growth. Chen’s dynamic leadership has resulted in tremendous growth in Sunshine’s sales and the Memphis-based firm now has two manufacturing facilities in China and four US branch offices. He was named as Top Executive of the Year by Business Tennessee magazine in 2006 and Top 40 under 40 by Memphis Business Journal in 2008. He won the award for Executive of the Year by Memphis Business Journal in 2007 and Entrepreneur of Year award by FCBE at the University of Memphis in 2008. The company was also ranked Fast 50 companies in Tennessee in 2005 and one of the fastest growing company in the US by Inc. Magazine.
Mr. Chen is a member at Young President's Organization and a Board member at Metropolitan Bank. He also serves as the Board member for a few nonprofit organizations including Greater Memphis Chamber, Memphis In May International Festival, University of Memphis Alumni Board, and Greater Memphis United Chinese Association. He is an advisory Board member for Fogelman College of Business and Economics and a Trustee Member for Leadership Academy. Chen's hobbies include Golfing, Flying and Hunting. Chen became the FIRST Chinese citizen to fly the single engine airplane around the world in his historic flight from May 22nd to July 29th, 2011.The flight took 69 days, flew over 4 continents, 21 countries, and 41 cities. The trip also raised significant money for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
Chief Operation Officer
John helped Sunshine Enterprise, Inc. start the operation in 1998 at the early stage. After he earned a B.S. in Electrical Engineering at the University of Memphis, he joined Memphis Light, Gas, and Water and worked through the ranks for six years. He was in charge of $10 million annual purchase and maintenance contracts on computer hardware and software. He joined Sunshine as Chief Operation Officer in 2004 and is in charge of company’s day-to-day operation and its e-commerce activities and online store: www.gostepup.com
. His extensive computer background has enabled the whole organization to run seamlessly. In addition, his in-depth understanding of both cultures, he has played a strategic role in managing the company operations on both sides of the ocean. John is a member of Leadership Memphis and serves as the President of Greater Memphis United Chinese Association. He also serves as a Director on the Board of Sunshine Enterprise, Inc. and Board of Suntrepot International, LLC.
Mark brings over 25 years financial experience and knowledge to Sunshine Enterprise. Prior to joining the company, Mark has worked five years as a Controller for Thomas & Betts Corp., a leading electrical manufacturer and distributor with the annual revenue at $2.5 billion and listed on the New York Stock Exchange. He oversaw all financial aspects of US distribution and freight as well as assisted in the integration of a key acquisition resulting 40% revenue growth for the corporation. Mark has obtained Supply Chain Logistic training from MIT and Lean Six Sigma training with Green Belt status. After an extensive search, Mark joined Sunshine Enterprise in 2008. He has elevated the company’s financial and accounting department to a new level shortly after his employment and became a member of Executive Council in 2009.
| Bruce S Pelynio
President – CEO of Heli Americas
Bruce Pelynio joined Sunshine in 2010 as CEO of the Heli Americas Forklift Division. He has over 35 years experience in all phases of the material handling industry, including Management and Ownership positions with Fortune 500 Companies including Allis Chalmers, Maine Rubber International, Toyota Industrial Equipment and Yale Materials Handling.
Heli Americas was started in January 2007, by Bruce and Dobbs Management Services of Memphis TN, as the distributor for Heli Material Handling Equipment for a vast portion of the United States and Central America. Sunshine Enterprise purchased a controlling interest in Heli Americas in January of 2010, and has assisted the Heli Americas operation in its continued growth and success in the material handling market in the US.
In addition to his corporate responsibilities with Heli Americas, Bruce maintains a strong presence in the material handling industry through long term participation in industry associations including Industrial Truck Association, Material Handling Dealers Association, American Rental Association, and the American Trucking Association.
Bruce earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from Pennsylvania State University
| Mike McAnnally
National Sales Manager - Stepup Scaffold
Mike McAnnally joined Sunshine, Enterprise, Inc., in 2005 as an Outside Sales Representative in our StepUp Scaffolding Division. He was promoted to the position of Branch Manager at the Atlanta, GA facility within six months. In March, 2009, Mike moved to Memphis, TN to assume responsibility as the National Sales Manager for StepUp Scaffolding in North America. Mike developed the system scaffolding division within Sunshine Enterprise, Inc., and has been instrumental in the growth and success of the division today.
Mike has over fifteen years of experience in the scaffolding industry and is currently the International Council Chairman for the Scaffolding Industry Association. His expertise in the scaffolding business and experience in sales brings a level of business acumen to Sunshine unequaled by the competition. Mike is committed to providing quality, service and satisfaction to all StepUp customers and to our Sunshine employees as well.
| Lisa Darnell
Human Resource Manager
Lisa Moneymaker Darnell joined the Executive Committee at Sunshine Enterprise as our Human Resources Manager effective September 28, 2011. And yes this really is her maiden name.
Lisa brings twenty years of Human Resources and Insurance experience having worked in Commercial Insurance, casino, and various distribution industries.
Lisa received an AA in Accounting from Northwest Mississippi College in 1992. As her career progressed, she managed risk, benefits, worker’s compensation, payroll, employee relations, as well as an Insurance Commercial Accounts Manager.
In 1999, Lisa achieved her CISR- Certified Insurance Service Representative and CICU- Certified Insurance Commercial Underwriter.
In 2002, Lisa attended University of Memphis to achieve her PHR- Professional Human Resources Certification and CPPC- Certified Professional Payroll certification.
She is currently a member of the National Society for Human Resources Management in good standing since 2006.
She resides in Hernando, Mississippi with her two daughters, Ashley and Megan and her son, Chase.