By the time Brett Rose left grade school, he was affectionately known as The King of the Schmatta, having built a thriving lollipop-selling business by age 10. He’d buy pops in bulk, then bag them into smaller lots for fellow students to sell to their own circles. Soon his family’s garage effectively became an advanced supply chain warehouse that just happened to house an ’86 Skylark. Fast forward to 2002 – what should a 25-year-old with 15 years of distribution experience do? Scale up a company, of course, and United National Consumer Supplies was born. Today, UNCS is a leading wholesale distributor specializing in manufacturer’s closeouts, excess inventories and overstocks, selling to retail clients such as Dollar Tree, Bed Bath and Beyond, TJ Maxx, Amazon and more. Headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, UNCS has become a fixture of the INC 5000 fastest growing companies list, based on its significant year-over-year growth. As philanthropic as he is young, goal-driven and family-oriented, a sit-down with Brett Rose is an opportunity no student aspiring to do well should miss.