Kona Ice: Tony Lamb

Kona Ice founder Tony Lamb had a knack for sales since he was a teenager – a skill that served him well when he decided to sell Hawaiian-style shaved ice in Kentucky, where people had barely heard of it. After thirteen successful years as a vacuum cleaner salesman, Tony launched his first shaved ice truck in 2007. Fueled by a bad experience buying freezer-burned popsicles off a battered ice cream truck, he built a custom-made vehicle with a tropical vibe and a built-in “Flavorwave” that let customers dispense their own syrups. Two decades after surrendering his salesman’s suit for a Hawaiian shirt, Tony has grown Kona Ice into a sprawling franchise with 1500 trucks across North America.

This episode was produced by Casey Herman with music by Ramtin Arablouei.

Edited by Neva Grant, with research from Katherine Sypher.

Our engineers were Ko Takasugi-Czernowin and Robert Rodriguez.

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