The STUCK Story

Our journey of getting unstuck

 

Our Journey

From EMTEQ to STUCK, We Continue to Learn

STUCK was founded in 2014 to live out the passion of imparting the lessons the three of us – Jerry Jendusa, Jim Harasha, and Paul Schulls – learned from growing the basement start-up, EMTEQ, to an international 100M organization. During our time with this business, our team came across a lot of inflection points that got us stuck. Along the way, we created the process, tools, and strategies that helped us get unstuck – which led to the growth of our business.
How We Got Unstuck

Along this journey of starting and growing a business, we got stuck plenty of times. For instance, when we started EMTEQ, we wanted to make all of the management decisions including hiring and firing. As time went on, we realized having the desire and control to make all these decisions was disruptive and inefficient. This was because we were spending time making all the decisions that we felt we had to make, when, in reality, we could delegate some of those responsibilities to others.

Once these responsibilities were delegated, we could focus more on working on the business and not in it. For those employees who we delegated to, they were then more empowered to make decisions on behalf of the customer, leading to a more efficient business for everyone.

These are just two of the countless experiences of how we got stuck at EMTEQ. The lessons we learned helped us to develop the tools and platform we needed to grow efficiently, which are the same tools we apply today.

Where We Are Today

After the sale of EMTEQ, we started STUCK, an advising and investment firm, to live out our calling of being empathetic and passionate business advisors and investors, sharing everything we’ve learned with other like-minded entrepreneurs who truly want to not only start growing, but also maintain that growth. Today, we apply our real-world knowledge and experiences to help business owners take their companies to the next level, together.

EMTEQ Revenue Growth

Awards EMTEQ has Won

  • Muskego Manufacturing Business of the Year
  • Waukesha Business Alliance Manufacturing Business of the Year
  • State of Wisconsin Emerging Class Manufacturing Business of the Year
  • Future 50 Southeastern Wisconsin Business of the Year
  • Master Metal Winner
  • Inc 500 Business of the Year
  • State of Wisconsin Government Exports Achievement

Our Process & Platform

We created the advising structure called STUCK Breakthrough Strategies to make available our process, tools, and strategies we used to grow EMTEQ. This structure follows our simple and organized methods that make it easy for businesses to get on the same page, with a Single-Page Plan.

The STUCK Breakthrough Strategies process includes assessing, planning, deploying, and executing the Single-Page Plan. This process also provides a time-activated approach, meaning, that if businesses get stuck during the process, our structure allows the flexibility and tools for them to get unstuck.

To reach any business that may be stuck at an inflection point, we created the STUCK Breakthrough Strategies Platform to offer our process, strategies and tools. These materials, as well as your own data, are securely stored in the cloud and can be used and accessed anywhere by business owners, key stakeholders, and their advisors. With the simple goal of providing businesses a systematic approach to growth through their people, we want them to get unstuck, just like we did.

What Makes Us Different

In addition to the suite of business tools, our team of co-founders at STUCK both advises and invests in the companies we work with.

When we partner with a business owner, we’re actively pursuing innovative solutions to help the business grow. Whether this looks like professional advising or coaching, or making an investment in the future of the company, our forward-thinking team is here to get your business moving.

April 2016
STUCK invests in the Lexington, KY business, MediVet Biologics, a company dedicated to finding and offering regenerative solutions for pets.

October 2016
STUCK invests in Vendura Industries, a solid surfaces manufacturer located near Madison, WI.

October 2017
Located in Milwaukee, BioCut Systems becomes STUCK’s third portfolio company.

Meet the Team

Paul Schulls

Paul became the Co-Founder, Advisor, Trainer and President of STUCK Coaching to further live out his talents of maximizing the effectiveness of teams and the development of individuals to help them reach their fullest potential.

As an advisor, he enjoys working with his clients and facilitating their strategic planning, deployment, and execution to drive their profit. Throughout his career, he has developed systems, processes and methods used to increase the growth of both businesses and their talent. His proven strategies are made available and used in the STUCK Breakthrough Strategies Platform.

To give back to aspiring entrepreneurs, he is serving as the Program Director for Scale Up Milwaukee’s Growth Accelerator Program held at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He is excited to offer his expertise and advice to new entrepreneurs.

Prior to STUCK, Paul worked as a clinician and administrator in the healthcare industry for 16 years. Here, he used his talents to integrate and establish goals for his team. He later joined EMTEQ as the Chief Executive of Organizational Development, Human Resources and Continuous Improvement where he created EMTEQ University, an in-house professional development program, and assisted in the creation of the Single-Page Plan.

He graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, and a Master of Business Administration degree from Cardinal Stritch University.

Jerry Jendusa

Jerry co-founded STUCK Management, STUCK Fund 1, and STUCK Coaching to follow his passion of helping small businesses grow by giving back to entrepreneurs.

Jerry lives to inspire other entrepreneurs who may be stuck to find the courage to reach out for help. He does this by telling the story of how he grew his company, EMTEQ, from a basement start-up to an international 100M business and the lessons he learned along the journey.

Along with advising his companies, he is an active member of the entrepreneurship community. Jerry is a co-chair of Scale Up Milwaukee, an advisory member for the UWM Lubar Center for Entrepreneurship’s Entrepreneurship in Residence Program and a mogul on Milwaukee’s own TV program, Project Pitch It.

Before cofounding the trio of STUCK companies, he was the Co-Founder, majority owner, Chairman, CEO and President at EMTEQ for 18 years. Jerry graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Finance.

Since the start of EMTEQ, he has won the following awards:

  • EY Midwest Entrepreneur of the Year
  • EY Finalist National Entrepreneur of the Year
  • Biz Times Bravo! Entrepreneur of the Year

Jim Harasha

Jim co-founded STUCK Management, STUCK Fund 1, and STUCK Coaching to follow his passion of helping small businesses. He serves as an advisor and investor for his businesses and assists in areas including operational excellence, continuous improvement and production flow.

With the development of the STUCK Breakthrough Strategies Platform, Jim used his talents to facilitate its process and value stream mapping, which was essential to turning STUCK’s vision into reality.

Before STUCK, Jim co-founded EMTEQ and used his talents in many roles including being the VP of Operations, Plant Manager, and a resource for IT solutions. He worked there for 18 years and assisted the company in growing from a basement start-up to more than 100M in revenue.

He has a Bachelor of Science degree from University of Wisconsin-Platteville in Industrial Technologies and a minor in Computer Sciences.

Morgan Plagenz

Morgan joined STUCK Coaching as their Marketer/Trainer to combine her talents of training and creativity. She has helped with the development, copy, and design of both the STUCK Breakthrough Strategies Platform, STUCK’s website, and their supporting materials. Morgan serves as the administrator and one of the trainers for the STUCK Breakthrough Strategies Platform.

Prior to STUCK, Morgan has taken on and enjoyed roles such as being an assistant manager, trainer, and empathetic resource to others who have had the same struggles and questions as her. Morgan studied and graduated Cum Laude from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Marketing.

The STUCK Vision Statement
“Helping businesses that want to be so much more.”
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