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How I Made It: Yves Potvin
How I Made It: Yves Potvin

The gig: Yves Potvin, 58, founded Garden Protein International, which is best known for its Gardein line of meat-free foods. Products by the private company, which has its U.S. headquarters in Marina del Rey, can be found in 22,000 North American supermarkets, pulling in nearly $100 million in sales each year at the retail level. Potvin helps manage Garden Protein but says the company's executive team runs the business day to day. But even for a self-described "supporting character," it's still a "full-time job," he said. Just a small-town boy: Growing up near Quebec with two brothers and two sisters, Potvin played hockey, tennis and baseball. He sculpted,...