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Bryan Chunton

Founder of Eat Gai

"I never thought I could support myself to earn two college degrees and now have multiple businesses. It is something that my parents want to see and I am grateful that they have moved here to seek a better opportunity for us."

— Bryan Chunton, founder of Eat Gai View Website

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