The company was founded in 2000 by Juan Yepez, and his brother Luis
joined him a year later.
Luis was born in Brooklyn, NY from Ecuadorian immigrants.
grew up in Worcester where he
participated in local sports, scouting and was an altar boy at St. Andrews Church
Growing up, he attended boarding school at Valley Forge Military Academy in Wayne, PA. At Valley Forge, Luis found his passion in academics and athletics.
Upon graduation, he
had become a two time academic and athletic All-American and a two time Wrestling State-Champion.
was awarded the Order of Anthony Wayne, the schoolâ€™s highest honor.
Following high school, Luis attended the Naval Academy Prep School in Newport, RI and subsequently received an appointment to the U.S.
graduated in 1993 as a Systems Engineer.
After graduating, Luis reported aboard the USS VINCENNES, an AEGIS Cruiser, stationed in San Diego, CA. For the next six years, Luis excelled as a Naval Officer being ranked the top Junior Officer in the wardroom, and selected as the shipâ€™s Navigators.
sailed on VINCENNES through two deployments that ranged from the Far East to South America through the Panama Canal and the Caribbean.
most memorable experience while on active duty to his
participation in Counter Narcotic Operations, which successfully intercepted two drug smuggling operations that resulted in the seizure of over three tons of cocaine and the arrest of several traffickers.
Luis returned to school and earned a Masters in Management from the University of Redlands in 1999.
After leaving active duty in 1999, Luis stayed affiliated with the Naval Reserve and moved with his family to Minnesota to work as a Manufacturing Engineer for an implantable pacemaker company.
family made the decision to quit their jobs, place a â€œFor Sale by Ownerâ€ sign in front of their home, and move back to Massachusetts.
That same year, Luis joined Mainstream Global and became partners with his brother, fulfilling a life-long dream to own a business together.
Starting with very limited capital, a solid business plan and a sincere commitment to developing long term relationships based on the simple concepts of being truthful, honest, and delivering what you promise, they began their journey.
This journey has not been without challenges.
In 2003, as a Naval Officer in the Reserves, Luis
was recalled to active duty to support Operations enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom.
At the time, Mainstream Global
had a total of three employees: Juan, Luis
, and an assistant.
Despite Luisâ€™ absence, Juan bore the full responsibility of running Mainstream Global
and ensuring it stayed afloat until Luis
As the company experienced continued growth, Luis
and Juan decided to move the company to Lawrence, MA and ultimately purchased a boarded-up, run-down 100,000 square foot mill on the Merrimack River.
belongs to a long line of cheerleaders for the City.
Whether being part of the Annual Spicket River Clean Up or participating in community development projects, he
sees a bright future for the City of Lawrence and has enjoyed being part of the solution.
Luis is a board member on several organizations such as Groundwork Lawrence, Merrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce, and is the President and founding member of the Association of Ecuadorians of New England (AENI), a non-profit organization dedicated to helping underprivileged children in Ecuador.
spare time, Luis
enjoys coaching his
childrenâ€™s sports team.
is married and has two children ages 12 and 10.
In 2001, his
joined the effort and in November of 2003, the business moved its headquarters to Lawrence, MA.