Jeffrey S. Young of YESCO, ‘Undercover Boss’: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know


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YESCO Electronics is the company on this week’s episode of Undercover Boss. The man going undercover in disguise this time is co-owner Jeffrey S. Young and the journey is a little difficult for him. Check out video clips from the episode below in addition to some background on Young and YESCO.


1. Young’s Fear of Heights and Electrocution Is Put to the Test


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The official plot synopsis of the episode reads:

Jeffrey S. Young, co-owner of YESCO, a custom electric sign company that fabricates, installs and provides service for signs, electronic display systems and lighting, has to face his fear of heights when tasked with changing a light high above downtown Chicago, on Undercover Boss.

In the above video clip, we see the dangers of the job and how Young adjusts to being at great heights in addition to seeing the risk of electrocution.


2. Thomas Young Is the Founder of the Company


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Young’s grandfather Thomas arrived to the United States at age 15 and he later opened a custom sign shop in 1920. His father then took over in 1969 before Jeffrey and his brothers took over in 1988. The company now has over $250 million in revenue a year and over 1,000 employees. Their signs are a true part of history. You may be familiar with their iconic “Welcome to Las Vegas” sign at the end of the Vegas strip.


3. “Alex” Has Trouble Keeping Up


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When Young poses as “Alex”, the employee who is helping train him in putting together a marquee sign realizes that Alex is a little slow. The employee tells the cameras that he’ll probably have to do overtime in order to make up for the time that Alex wasted.


4. YESCO Has Had Several Lawsuits to Deal With Over the Years

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Of course, like any large company, YESCO has had several lawsuits over the years. In 1998, they dealt with a wrongful firing lawsuit from one of their employees. According to the Las Vegas Sun, John Williams, the manager of Young Electric Sign Co., rented out a sign for a Penthouse Magazine photo shoot and Tom Romeo, the YESCo marketing executive who authorized the shoot, was fired after it turned into a nude video shoot.


5. Employee Eric Thought Young Looked Like an Oompa Loompa


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Eric is the paint foreman who had to teach “Alex” how to paint certain items at the warehouse. Eric’s first impression of Alex was that he reminded him of Willy Wonka, looking like an “oompa loompa with the purple hair.” With Alex having no experience in painting signs, they were in for an interesting experience.


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