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Risky Business

Despite starting at the height of an economic crisis, Mehmet Kanar has fast-tracked Kanar's success with calculated risk-taking and smart technology.

Born in a small city on the Mediterranean coast of Turkey called Antalya, Mehmet Kanar may seem an unlikely beauty business success story. In fact, the managing partner of Kanar Inc., in Carlstadt, New Jersey, Mehmet had a first career as a standout accountant. After relocating to the U.S., he founded his company in 2007, and has since built one of the largest B2B barber supply distributors in the market. He even delved into manufacturing his own successful brands.

Three Generations Strong

Family-owned and -operated since 1991, DeveloPlus turns unique haircare formulas into a winning recipe for success.

On a warm summer day in Corona, California, I visit DeveloPlus’ two-story, 150,000-square-foot headquarters to meet the mother-and-son duo behind the company, CEO Kiran Agrey and COO Steven Barnes. The pair apologizes for running a few minutes behind schedule–they had a frenzied morning and several people await their approval on a seemingly important decision. But when they sit down for the interview, their calm dispositions could’ve fooled anyone into thinking it was a sluggish day at the office.