Corey Gilkey


Corey Gilkey is a business leader of Chicago and the Founder of independent retail operations Focusgroup Inc, Leaders1354, LdrSkate, Boxville, Friistylechi, Leaders of the World, ParaSoul Community Cloud Kitchen, Chenille Factory, and Fat Miilk Vietnamese Coffee. As a well known entrepreneur, Corey is known for his inspirational motivations, great charisma, and accomplishments. Corey discovered his passion to assist independent brands where many retailers struggled incorporating into their business model. As a result, he brainstormed and created the concept of Leaders1354 in October 2002. After three years of successful business, Corey built concepts for kids, community and culture, resulting in LdrSkate, based on ideas of fashion, art, music and entertainment. 

Corey is also a founding member of Boxville in Bronzeville – Chicago’s first street food market and container mall offering community entrepreneurs affordable spaces to build enterprises and create jobs. Friistyle, which started in Boxville, was founded by Corey in 2017 and is a fast-casual pomme frites restaurant. Friistyle has since grown to a brick and mortar location and currently operates in Bronzeville. With his experience in growing businesses, he became a part owner of Fat Miilk Vietnamese Coffee. Fat Miilk Coffee is sourced directly from Buôn Ma Thuột, the capital city of Đắk Lắk Province in the Central Highlands of Vietnam. He continues to strive to achieve global expansion with his willingness to explore outside of the box.