Success Story

Binh and Cheng
Binh Le (left) and Cheng Lor (right). Photo by David Joles for the Star Tribune.

“Both of us lived through a period where we were just trying not to starve to death or get shot. It puts life in perspective. Risks in business? They aren’t so overwhelming.”

Airports are rich with stories. Every one of Minneapolis–St. Paul International Airport’s 35 million passengers per year carries a story onto his or her flight. Pilots, flight attendants, security agents, and other airport employees all harbor stories of their own. The Star Tribune recently discovered the inspiring tale of local entrepreneurs Cheng Lor and Binh Le, founders of Aero Service Group, which owns and operates Cocina del Barrio at Terminal 2–Humphrey and is a partner in Arby’s and Ben & Jerry’s at Terminal 1–Lindbergh.

The two men both fled war-torn countries as children—Lor from the killing fields of Cambodia, and Le from Vietnam. They met later in life, after college and successful corporate careers, and founded Aero Service Group. With a strong focus on benefits, work-life balance, and family values, the company has expanded to include 170 loyal employees and properties at MSP, as well as at Baltimore–Washington and Des Moines airports.

Their personal experiences fostered compassionate and bold businessmen. “Both of us lived through a period where we were just trying not to starve to death or get shot,” says Lor. “It puts life in perspective. Risks in business? They aren’t so overwhelming.”

Read the story in its entirety via the Star Tribune.