Aaron Young, is a lifelong entrepreneur,  trusted advisor to CEOs and business owners and creator of The Unshackled Owner a program for entrepreneurs looking to build a business and not just a glorified job.

Aaron is Chairman/CEO of Laughlin Associates, a 44-year-old company that has helped over 100,000 entrepreneurs start, grow and profit from their business. This has given Aaron an ideal vantage point to observe common mistakes and successes in businesses from Main Street to America’s largest yacht broker from medical professionals to manufacturers to investors. For over 34 years, his experience founding, acquiring and directing multi-million dollar businesses as well as working as an officer for a publicly traded, multi-national, sets him apart from the crowd as a voice of real world knowledge and authority.

Aaron has made it his life’s work to arm other business owners with success formulas that immediately provide exponential growth and protection. Below are some of his career highlights:

Small Business Consultant and Advocate

As CEO of Laughlin Associates, Aaron has served as a Chief Strategy Officer for more than 80,000 business owners across a wide range of industries—from the largest yacht broker in the US, to franchisees, to electrical contractors, to medical professionals. Having witnessed both their common mistakes and common successes, he knows what works and what does not.

Drawing on his own entrepreneurial and corporate experience, as well as what he has observed with his diverse clientele, Aaron has developed a cutting-edge system to help small business owners level the playing field. He teaches them the six critical strategies that make the difference between failure and long-term success.

Clients call on Aaron for his opinion and help brainstorming every aspect of business operations, including:

Corporate structuring
Asset management and protection
Growth strategies
Partnership issues
Corporate compliance

Laughlin Associates

Laughlin Associates has been an advocate for entrepreneurs for over 40 years; a pioneer in the incorporation industry. Laughlin prides itself on the long term relationships they have with clients. Laughlin works closely with clients to help them start, grow and profit from their businesses while assisting them in fulfilling their dreams. Learn More…

Entrepreneur and Business Leader

Aaron discovered his passion and talent for entrepreneurship early in life. At age 18, he formed a recycling company in Portland, Oregon—before recycling was popular. He grew that business to 5,000 customers before selling it and using the money to become one of the first cellular phone dealers in Portland—a business he built up to include three stores and a large service center, which is still in operation today.

After selling his share in the cell phone company, Aaron became vice president of sales for ITEX, a publicly-traded NASDAQ company with 350 offices around the world. But after three years and great success there, Aaron was ready to return to entrepreneurship. He left the company and formed several small corporate-services businesses before buying Laughlin Associates.

Published Author, Columnist, Blogger, and Media Guest

An engaging teacher who speaks directly to the hearts and minds of entrepreneurs as only another business owner can, Aaron is regularly invited to contribute articles, blogs, or his expert opinion for media outlets nationwide. He writes for Small Business Today—a Houston, Texas-based magazine—and has been quoted by Money, Inc., and Success magazines.

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Keynote and Breakout Speaker

As a celebrated keynote and breakout speaker, Aaron has addressed entrepreneurial and business audiences for some major players in global trading and finance. He is in high demand for his expertise on asset-protection tax planning and is noted for his signature speech, Building Your Corporate Fortress. Over the years, he has spoken to more than 100,000 people on four continents. Speaking engagements include:

  • The Gold Show
  • The Money Show
  • Shorex
  • CEO Space
  • Author 101 University
  • Live Out Loud
  • California Women’s Conference
  • Power Team International
  • Women of Global Change
  • Digital Footprint
  • Brian Tracy International
  • The Les Brown Show
  • Distressed Mortgage Expo
  • Morison International
  • ITEX International Convention

Board Member

Aaron has served as a board or advisory board member for several organizations—including California Women’s Conference, SMART Women International, International Crowd Funding Association, Portland Center Stage, and Integrative Medical Arts Center.

Aaron has been married to his wife, Michelle, since 1987. They live near Portland, Oregon and have five children and two grandchild.

As a fun side project, Aaron has built and sold 10 houses and is an avid horseman.

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