Olympic Candle was founded in 2016 in Seattle, Washington by Hou Ong (pronounced "How") and Jerry Kavalieratos (don't bother trying to pronounce his last name). Our name was inspired by the Olympic Mountains visible just across Puget Sound from Seattle on clear days. Our mission is to provide the best hand-crafted soy-based candles and home fragrance products on the market. Our goal isn't to crank out mass-market candles but to develop special products that will surprise and delight time and again and have fun doing it.
Hou spent many years in the fragrance industry working for a multi-national fragrance company. He worked with manufacturers of candles, home fragrance and personal care products around the world to develop fragrances that would really excite their customers. As a very creative organic chemist, he has a really deep understanding of how the chemistry of candles and fragrances works and has spent countless hours developing and perfecting our products.
Jerry spent the first seven years of his career in the United States Air Force as a combat crew commander and weapon system instructor. He later went on to spend more than twenty years helping companies of all sizes grow, improve their manufacturing operations and streamline their global supply chains. At Olympic Candle, he is responsible for sales and back-office stuff, managing our web site and making sure all of our ducks are lined up so that every candle is perfect, every label is straight and every shipment goes off without a hitch.
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