ABOUT BIG BEAR IMPORT BROKERS LLC/GLOW MACHINE LTD.
Big Bear Import Brokers LLC/Glow Machine Ltd. is headquartered in Santa Barbara, California. The company is an industry leader in the design and manufacture of cutting edge, state-of-the-art bulk vending machines dispensing glow-in-the-dark and other novelty products.
Big Bear’s Managing Broker, Aaron Pelto, is the inventor of EyePrize – the newest addition to the Big Bear product line – and its predecessor – the award-winning Web Glow Machine – the first-of-its kind, patent-pending bulk vending machine which drives repeat sales and builds a customer database through its online redemption program. To read more about Aaron Pelto CLICK HERE
In addition to EyePrize and the Web Glow Machine, Big Bear’s product line also includes the Original Glow Machine introduced in 2006, and its compact version, the Single Column Glow Machine. For more information about other Glow Machine products CLICK HERE.
Big Bear is actively involved in a number of philanthropic activities, the most notable of which is its proud sponsorship of the Bowling for Veterans Link (BVL). To read more about Big Bear’s sponsorship of BVL CLICK HERE.
After its launch in June 2009, Pelto’s Web Glow Machine was recognized as the First-Place winner of the Best New Product Award at the 2009 International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions [IAAPA] Expo – the largest amusement industry trade show in the world – making the product the most innovative coin-operated arcade and redemption bulk vending machine in the world.
The Web Glow Machine is a bulk vending machine with dispenses glow-in-the-dark novelty products. It is featured primarily in bowling centers, roller skating rinks, family entertainment centers, pizza parlors, shopping malls, casinos, arcades and campgrounds. The state-of-the-art feature which differentiates the Web Glow Machine it from its competitors is its patent-pending technology which creates valuable customer databases through an online loyalty program where end users register to redeem points and win additional prizes.
Pelto and his award-winning Web Glow Machine will be featured on the Today in America With Terry Bradshaw television show. The first of the segment’s 20 nationwide airings on the Fox Business Channel is scheduled to broadcast in December 2010.
Over the past 14 years, Pelto has been responsible for concept creation, invention, product development, branding and international market introduction of over 100 products. Prior to the Web Glow Machine, Pelto invented and patented the Tye Dye chemiluminescent product line, which remains today as one of the most popular chemical luminescent products in the United States. He is also the inventor of the Super Wide Silicon Bracelet – an enhanced, double-wide version of the very popular Live Strong-style bracelets.
Pelto’s business endeavors also include the development and operation of a number of online distribution companies. As a consultant to other entrepreneurs, he has also assisted in product development, market introduction, implementation of sales strategies and established international distribution agreements for hundreds of products into a wide variety of market segments – including the products he has invented or other products which he has imported for customers all over the world. Pelto has also built and sold a United States manufacturing company, executed corporate mergers and takeovers, and obtained and protected intellectual property rights in the United States, Europe and Asia.
Pelto’s extensive career in business and the bulk vending industry started when he opened his first business early in his adulthood. Heeding his parents’ advice to keep his overhead to an extreme minimum, Pelto set up shop in a dangerous, low-rent neighborhood of Phoenix, Arizona. At 7:30 a.m. on his first day in business – against the backdrop of gunshots, and drug dealers and prostitutes strolling the street outside his tiny office – he began making countless phone calls to small business owners trying to broker factory overrun imports. His efforts that day resulted in six deals and set the stage for his ongoing success ever since.
Shortly thereafter, as a member of a core team seeking to introduce the concept of selling temporary tattoos through bulk vending machines, Pelto and his colleagues successfully deployed over 1,000 tattoo vending machines over the course of 18 months.
Pelto’s inherent business savvy and achievements quickly earned him recognition as one of Arizona’s top 100 business achievers under 30-years-old.
Big Bear and Pelto are actively involved in a number of philanthropic activities, the most notable of which is their proud sponsorship of the Bowling for Veterans Link (BVL). To read more about BVL CLICK HERE.
Born in Green Bay, Wisconsin and a long-time resident of Arizona, Pelto now resides in Santa Barbara, California with his wife, Rebecca, and their four children. He and his family are active in their local Christian church, through which he assisted hands-on with the demolition of drug house to rebuild a new church for a church-sponsored orphanage in Mexico.
During his free time, Pelto enjoys spending time with his family, weight training, bicycling, traveling, scuba diving, camping and playing football, baseball and basketball.
Paul Rosenbaum is a Broker/Distributor with Big Bear Import Brokers LLC and the owner of Conquest Enterprises. Working onsite at Big Bear’s California headquarters in Santa Barbara, California, Paul sells and distributes Big Bear’s multiple product lines, including the award-winning Web Glow Machine launched in 2009.
Rosenbaum began working with Big Bear’s Managing Broker, Aaron Pelto, in the late 1990s. Since joining forces with the company over 11 years ago, he has remained Big Bear’s top salesperson, having singlehandedly sold and distributed more Big Bear product than any other employee or distributor combined. Rosenbaum’s impressive sales record is surpassed only by the extraordinary level of service he delivers to Big Bear customers throughout the world.
“Working with Big Bear has been an incredible experience for me. Every day I have the privilege of introducing to people the most cutting-edge products available in the bulk vending industry,” commented Rosenbaum. “Big Bear aggressively pushes the envelope of innovation with every product it brings to market. I look forward to playing a continued role in its growth and assisting with the development and design of even more new and exciting products,” he added.
In addition to his sales responsibilities, Rosenbaum also works closely with Aaron Pelto to promote Big Bear’s products at trade shows, conferences, awards ceremonies and other events throughout the country.
Originally from Scottsdale, Arizona, Rosenbaum now resides in Ventura, California with his wife and two daughters. He spends nearly all of his free time with his family working hard to fulfill a role which he characterizes as the most important in his life – being a devoted husband and nurturing father.
Rosenbaum is also certified as a Personal Trainer who participates in a wide variety of water sports activities.
DANIEL A. HARNISH
Daniel A. “Dan” Harnish is a Broker with Big Bear Import Brokers LLC in Santa Barbara, California. He joined the Big Bear team in 2010 when the company relocated its headquarters from Arizona. Harnish’s responsibilities include selling and developing distributors for Big Bear products in the western region of the United States.
“The Web Glow Machine is a revolutionary product designed to increase the bottom line of businesses both large and small. I am very fortunate to have had the opportunity to become involved with this product at such an early stage of its existence,” shared Harnish. “Representing such an innovative, progressive company like Big Bear is very rewarding and satisfying. The Web Glow Machine is the first of many Big Bear products on the horizon which I believe will be instrumental in transforming future trends in the bulk vending industry,” he concluded.
Prior to joining Big Bear, Harnish worked as an Advertising Executive who assisted small-to-medium-sized businesses develop marketing campaigns using online, print, direct mail and creative advertising. A Bay Area native born in Walnut Creek, California, he earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of California at Berkeley.
Harnish loves to travel – both in the United States and abroad. At the age of 16, he was selected to play with the USA Soccer squad and traveled to Denmark, Sweden and Holland competing with other international teams.
Before attending UC Berkeley, Harnish played football for Santa Barbara City College and led the team in scoring. His current favorite recreational activities include fishing, surfing and wine tasting.
In 2009, Harnish married his wife, Kasey, and they are planning to start a family and remaining in Ventura, California to raise their children.
Bare Manufacturing Group LLC
Doug Nelson is the owner and President of Bare Manufacturing Group, LLC (BMG), headquartered in Ventura, California. BMG designs, manufactures and provides technical support for Big Bear Import Brokers LLC’s products, including the award-winning Web Glow Machine.
Nelson – a former Mechanical Engineer with Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company at Kennedy Space Center, Florida – purchased BMG in 2010. “I had been seriously considering other business opportunities before I discovered BMG. When I flew out to California to see the business, I liked everything about it – particularly its location and potential for growth – so I closed the deal, packed up my family and moved,” said Nelson. “My lifelong dream has been to turn the ideas I visualize in my head into physical products. Owning BMG – my own manufacturing business – is the key to realizing this dream,” he added.
Since assuming control of BMG’s operations, Nelson has been hard at work turning his ideas into realities. He is developing and designing new products, refining the design of existing products to enhance their appearance and further increase reliability, and evaluating ways to streamline and increase the efficiency of BMG’s production.
Nelson earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Aerospace Engineering from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. During his tenure at Lockheed Martin, he worked on NASA and Department of Defense programs including the Space Shuttle External Tank and the Orion Program, NASA’s next human space flight program. His experience includes specialized training in Lean Manufacturing/process improvement.
At their home in Camarillo, California, Nelson, his wife Diana, and their two children are enjoying a reprieve from Florida’s heat, humidity and pesky insect population which hampered their outdoor activities during the summer months. They now regularly hike, camp, bike ride and just spend time outdoors relaxing in the beautiful sunshine of the California coast.
Nelson participates in a variety of different sports including surfing, volleyball, tennis, golf, snow skiing and rock climbing. He also enjoys inventing and testing his ideas. The hobbies and activities Nelson has pursued are quite diverse – ranging from mechanical inventions, to writing children’s books, to software programming.