Karl McMillen, born 09/19/1928 grew up in a young and developing Southern California. From an early age Karl displayed a drive for greatness; working many odds and ends jobs and soaking up knowledge and skillsets from every available source.
Karl started his working career plumbing track houses in the Southern California as a partner in Alert Plumbing. Later Karl went on to distributing plumber supplies all throughout So Cal and Las Vegas as the sole owner of Todd Pipe & Supply which had 9 locations and employed over 400 dedicated employees. Through Karl’s hard work and dedication, both businesses were huge successes.
Karl’s life can be broken down into 3 distinct parts. The first part was to study hard and get educated. (Karl graduated from USC with a degree in Business Finance)Then came working hard and making a lot of money; and now he’s giving it back.
In 2008 Karl and wife Carol started The McMillen Family Foundation which currently supports more than 70 different organizations. To date, the McMillen Family Foundation has donated over $29 million dollars to charities and foundations including but not limited to:
Thelma’s Place (Thelma McMillen Center @ Torrance Memorial), House of Hope, The Beacon House San Pedro, Charle Street, Alcoholism Center for Women, The Turning Point Home, Heartland House, and numerous Alano Clubs…
Karl’s amazing story of business success is counterbalanced by the emotional deaths of his first wife to cancer, and both his sons who spent much of their lives battling substance abuse. Karl, too, has struggled with alcoholism and now proudly carries his sobriety chip for over 20 years.
Karl may see himself as a “regular guy,” but to the countless number of former employees and customers, friends, family members and those in need that have been touched by Karl’s good will….he is anything but a regular guy.