In 1998, Hugo Chavez was elected president of Venezuela, launching the 'Bolivarian Revolution' that brought in a new constitution, socialist and populist economic and social policies funded by high oil prices, and increasingly vocal anti-US foreign policy.
Flash-forward to 2002, Billy Ono partook on the start-up challenge in order to help his family reduce their income dependency on what has now become Venezuela.
Having nothing but a passion for tuning cars and an eagerness to start a business, Billy established Kami Speed or Speed Worshipers in 2002 as an eBay account selling automotive aftermarket parts that were picked up while visiting family in Japan. Surprised by how well these parts did, Billy found himself making more trips to Japan to the point his Japanese family thought he was living there. Pushing forward with his endeavor, in 2005 Kami Speed was acquired by Kensaku, Inc. and was officially settled in a brick & mortar store with a dedicated website.
With the vision to provide auto enthusiasts fast and reliable access to performance parts inaccessible outside of Japan, Kami Speed quickly grew from a one-person national operation to an international business that is now family run with an on-growing full time staff full-filling orders all over the world.
Over the years, we have have expanded to become more than just a Japanese Domestic Market importer. Kami Speed supplies hand picked quality and race-proven products at a global scale while maintaining supply for exclusive niche products. Not only are we an advocating supplier within the industry, but we are each automotive enthusiasts. Kami Speed is about "empowering the driver" and their lifestyle.MILESTONES
eBay KamiSpeed store was created.
2004Kami Speed moves from an eBay store to a brick & mortar store with a dedicated website.
Kami Speed is officially registered and established under Kensaku, Inc.
Kami Speed establishes US distribution on selected Japanese brands.
Kami Speed moves to a larger, easier accessible location.
Kami Speed increases distribution network in the states and establishes distributors in South America.
Kami Speed acquires additional Japanese product lines and local distribution on domestic brands.
Kami Speed sees an average annual revenue growth of over 45%.
Kami Speed celebrates 10 official years in business.