A brief look back:
Mr. Tae Hoon Jhin was born to
Mr. and Mrs. Chang Hyun Jhin on July 4, 1929 in Kae Sung, North
Korea. He was the eldest of seven brothers and sisters.
He went to
South Korea in 1950 as a refugee and remained there until 1973.
He majored in Political Science at Kun Kook University,
receiving a B.S. in 1962.
He came to the U.S. in 1973 and started Jinny Corp. Today, Jinny
is a multimillion dollar corporation with three distribution
centers in Chicago, Atlanta and Miami.
Mr. Jhin helped start the OTC Beauty Supply Association in 1990
and became the first Chairman of the Board (1991-1992).
He also published the only magazine to cover the multicultural
beauty industry, named OTC Beauty Magazine.
My Father, Tae Hoon Jhin
by Eddie Jhin
Mr. Tae Jhin, my father, had
cancer of lung and liver and was trying to battle this since
June 29. The founder and CEO of Jinny Beauty Supply Company,
Inc. passed away at 10:45pm on Friday, Oct. 13, 2006.
He passed away seeing all the
members of his various families. My father’s pastor was there to
open the gates for him as well. It was the greatest moment that
I have ever witnessed personally. He nodded to what we were
saying to his last breathe. He passed away with no pain, even
closing his eyes on his own at the end.
There are so many stories of my
father that I want to share with everyone, but I want to mention
the most important lessons that he has instilled in me: “Nothing
can be done without sacrifice.” He said this to me so many times
that it still fresh in my mind. What he meant by this was that
in order to be strive to be better in life, one must sacrifice a
part of oneself. No single person alone can be the best in all
areas of his/her life; something needs to be sacrificed in order
to achieve greatness in any one area.
To me, my father sacrificed his
own leisure time for the benefit of his company. It was not
until he was in the hospital that he told me he wanted to go
fishing and travel with my mother to places that they had never
been, just to enjoy what the world has to offer. He also
mentioned that he would like to come to the company a maximum of
two or three times a week to see how his company was doing and
have meetings with the manufacturer representatives and brokers.
It was at that moment that I realized he really did sacrifice a
large portion of his life to build a solid company. He worked so
hard to achieve this.
Another comment I remember my
father making was, "People call me stingy and they say that I
don’t know how to spend money." I know for a fact that he was
stingy. My father was separated from his parents in North Korea
at the age of 17 due to the Korean War. He was left to fend for
himself, financially and mentally, without any help or guidance
from family members. Due to his hardships and the type of person
he was, he personally helped many people throughout his entire
life by opening up opportunities for them. I would say he knew
the value of a dollar and how hard it is to make an honest
dollar. One day, he said to me, "If you walk all over any town
for a whole day, you will never find a dollar on the street,
anywhere." I have found this to be so true! My father valued
everything and he did not take anything for granted, even at his
I see my father as an imperfect
man who made mistakes in his life, but no matter what, he is a
perfect example of the American dream. He is my personal hero.
He came to the U.S. in 1973 at the age of 41, by himself, with
less than $1,500 USD in his pocket. Without any financial help
from others, he created the Jinny Beauty Supply we all know
today. I can’t imagine the type of treatment he must have
received from all sides of the industry during those early
years. But, amazingly enough, he did it and he never stopped.
When I was younger, he told me that his dream was to build a
$100 million USD company. The moment he did, he raised his goal
to a higher number. I did not view this as greed; I admired his
vision as a challenge to become something bigger than what God
has intended for him to be.
In his last hours, when Pastor Kim
gave my father a prayer and baptized him, my father opened his
eyes wide as he gripped my mother's and Pastor Kim’s hands as
hard as he could. It was amazing to witness in person this
miracle of God's work. To be very honest with all of you, in the
past, my father and I had not been the “church going type” of
people. To me, this experience has changed my perspective in
many ways. I now know, for a fact, that my father is smiling at
us from above and letting us know that he will be watching us
from time to time.
My father, and my only true
boss, is my personal hero. I hope and pray that when it is my
time to leave this world, my children will respect and miss me
with all their heart, the way we do with him. I salute my father
with the utmost respect and thanks for everything he has done
Son and President of Jinny Corp.
by Mr. Samuel C. Kim, long-time friend and colleague of Mr.
Tae H. Jhin
Letting go of Mr. Tae Jhin, the man who lays before us today,
will undoubtedly be one of the most difficult things that we
will have to do. We are in great pain, sorrow and sadness as we
face this great challenge set before us today. As he leaves us,
to be with God up in heaven where he will be much loved, there
are many fond memories of him left with us. To name just a few:
Though he was a man of very
few words, he was always very warm and caring.
He achieved the American
Dream, proving himself to be a great role model to a large
number of Korean-Americans.
As Mr. Chang Bum Kim
reminded us today, Mr. Jhin was a very devoted family man.
He never once forgot his siblings who are in North Korea,
and he always tried to help them achieve a better life. When
Mr. Jhin and I were having dinner one night, he mentioned
how his thoughts were always on his siblings in North Korea.
He wished there was a way he could connect them with his
children in the U.S. Even though he was very stern and
perhaps too strong of a man at times, whenever he thought
about his siblings, he would become teary-eyed with his
immense love for them. His youngest daughter, Jennifer, was
surprised to see that her often strict father had such a
As all of you may already know,
he was the first person to help if there was someone in need of
it. He gave courage and assistance to anyone feeling
disappointed; he gave physical assistance and provided vision to
someone who was feeling despair. He was like a comfortable
shoulder to lean on, and I am sure that we all knew that. Even
when he was bed-ridden, he always worried about his sons,
daughter, grandchildren and wife who never left his side. Behind
his quietness and sternness, there was a kinder and gentle heart
filled with deep love.
Mr. Tae Jhin immigrated to the U.S. in the 1970s, where he
started from scratch, empty-handed. He built Jinny Beauty
Supply, now a multimillion dollar corporation through his hard
work, talent and dedication. Through this, we can tell how hard
he worked to achieve the American dream. He is a huge role model
and an inspiration to many. People who don’t know him might have
thought that his success was by pure chance and luck. However,
the Mr. Tae Jhin that I knew was someone who was smarter than
any MBA-holder or financial advisor that I know. His greatest
ethics in life were hard work, frugality and integrity; these
are the characteristics that helped Jinny get to where it is
His dedication did not stray in his later years. He was at work
by 4 a.m., when everyone else was still asleep (he would make
the coffee for his employees); his day didn’t end until 8 p.m.,
when everyone else had already gone home and had dinner. He had
spent the last 30 years like this. He never even went on
vacation because he always put work before anything else. It
mattered a lot that his time was never wasted away. Some people
called him a workaholic, but he didn’t even blink an eye. Until
today, this characteristic is a major part of what has made
Jinny the largest multi-cultural beauty supplier in the world.
Not only was he hard working and strategic in his business
tactics, but he was also very transparent with his credit
policies, making him a role model and a source of inspiration
for manufacturers, exporters and everyone else in the business.
Mr. Tae Jhin, the man who was so kind, warm, hard-working and
tenacious, is no longer with us. It is a great loss to us all.
He has left us to be with God in heaven and will still look
after us from above, making sure that we are all doing well. As
he has always done, he will never stop caring and praying for us
Mr. Tae Jhin will always look after his family, his business and
all of the people that he loved. He emphasized hard work and
restraint in pursuit of a better life for all. The only thing
that I want to say before I end this eulogy is, “Hey, my friend,
see you in heaven.”
by Geri Duncan Jones, executive director of the AHBAI
as stated on Oct. 17, 2006
“To Eddie, Scott, Jennifer, Mrs. Jhin and the entire Jhin
I stand before you on behalf of the Board of Directors of the
American Health & Beauty Aids Institute to offer our deepest
sympathy in the loss of Mr. Jhin.
Mr. Jhin was a very powerful man. Yes, he was one of the most
powerful men in the beauty industry, without question.
He helped to revolutionize the beauty industry by creating a new
channel of distribution, which opened up thousands of beauty
supply stores across the country. These stores helped to create
new business opportunities for many manufacturers and we are
grateful that God allowed Mr. Jhin to pass our way.
Tonight is a great testament to his life as hundreds of
manufacturers, beauty and barber suppliers and other beauty
industry executives have traveled here from across the country
to pay tribute to such a great man.
At this time, I ask that all the representatives from the beauty
industry please stand as I read our Resolution:
Whereas, again a human spirit has taken its flight at the call
of the Heavenly Father to the mansion prepared for him from the
foundation of the earth by an all-wise and loving God, we pen
these resolutions to express our sympathy in the loss of Tae H.
Jhin, founder and CEO, Jinny Corporation.
Whereas, the American Health & Beauty Aids Institute has lost a
wonderful person in the passing of Mr. Jhin, we rejoice that his
belief in the promise of God in Psalm 73:24 is now fulfilled.
“Thou shalt guide me with thy counsel and afterward receive me
Therefore, be it resolved:
- That, Mr. Jhin was a major OTC wholesaler who played an
integral role in the beauty industry by significantly expanding
distribution through OTC B&B’s nationally.
- That, Mr. Jhin’s contributions to the beauty industry were
innumerable and will continue to have a positive impact for many
years to come.
- That, even as we mourn Mr. Jhin’s death, we are resigned to
our all-wise Heavenly Father’s will.
- That, we express to Eddie Jhin, the Jhin Family and the Jinny
Corporation family our deep sympathy in their loss and the
reminder that their loss is heaven’s gain.
Humbly submitted on this 17th day of October, two thousand six.”