Sandy Pensler is 61 years old. He was born and raised on the west side of Detroit. He commuted to Grosse Pointe to attend University Liggett High School – graduating as valedictorian. Sandy worked his way through Yale University where in just four years he earned a B.A. in Chemical Engineering, a B.A. in Economics and an M.A. in Economics – receiving high honors in all degrees. Following his graduation, he founded his first business importing sweaters. In a few years he sold the business to help pay for law school. He received his Juris Doctorate, with honors, from Harvard in 1982.

An educator…
While working as a financial advisor Sandy was also a member of the Yale economics faculty where he developed and taught several courses. He also taught courses in undergraduate economics while at Harvard.

An entrepreneur…
After obtaining his law degree at Harvard he served as a clerk at the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals for Judge Patrick Higginbotham. Sandy then entered the business world where he became a private investor and financial advisor to some of the largest corporations in America, including: Chrysler, Sprint, Scholastic, Time Warner, TJX, General Electric and Navistar/International Harvester. As a financial advisor, Sandy worked to restructure and grow the companies to put them on secure financial footings for the future.

Sandy Pensler put his teachings and experience into practice by founding Pensler Capital, starting numerous businesses and currently owning and operating four manufacturing plants, including the Korex Corporation plant in Wixom, which provides over 100 jobs to Michigan workers. The Wixom plant was losing millions and slated for closure when Sandy took control. He rebuilt the Wixom plant, saved the jobs and engineered a successful turnaround. His Chicago plant was scheduled for closure when its owners Church and Dwight, owners of Arm and Hammer and Oxyclean, turned to him to purchase the plant and turn it around. Sandy successfully put that company back on its feet as well. All of the current Korex companies are profitable, free of debt and growing under Sandy’s leadership.

Sandy currently lives in Grosse Pointe with his wife Anita, son Jonathan (in college) and daughter Natasha (in middle school).


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