Short Story: Building my first business sparked my passion for startups and creative marketing. This lead to a string of ventures from founding a coffee and tea company to leading our county in Economic Development and the start-up of a regional non-profit for entrepreneurs. Along the way I discovered the need to gain clarity, clear brain fog, and live a healthier lifestyle which sparked my nutrition journey. I have studied the body and holistic health for several years. I have discovered my own un-tapped potential, and now I look forward to helping others on the same path. I believe we are here to continuously evolve and be better everyday.
“Without continual progress, such words as improvement, achievement, and success have no meaning.” – Benjamin Franklin
I am a life-long learner with a passion for nutrition, entrepreneurship, and personal growth.
I served in the United States Air Force, where I specialized in Information Technology. As a result of belonging to something extraordinarily bigger than myself, I became fueled with a desire for helping others succeed and to see massive growth in the projects I was involved in.
In an effort to help others, I poured into as many projects as possible in an attempt to discover what I was really good at. I took the lead on multiple community projects. I began to see that the projects I was involved with were really able to shine when I had the freedom to express my creativity. I started to explore photography, video, graphic design. Shortly after, I launched my first creative business.
I became a nationally recognized artist. My business eventually morphed into a design agency where I discovered my great love for marketing, branding, and web design.
I was successful, but I was tired. Consistently dealing with brain fog, focus issues, and debilitating anxiety. I needed help. Thanks to Dr. Daniel Amen, I discovered the several types of ADD and learned to heal the brain through proper nutrition. On the journey to heal my brain, I became more energetic, lost excess weight, and faced successes I never thought were possible. With my new found focus, energy and happiness – I went on a building spree and founded two more companies and a non-profit to help other entrepreneurs.
The most exciting company I built was a coffee brand. This small business was designed to make a big community impact. The launch of Carrier Coffee Co. did exactly what it was intended to do – create a chain reaction of inspired local entrepreneurs and positively change the business climate of Downtown Onawa, IA.
In 2017 I was asked to be the Executive Director for Monona County’s Economic Development organization where I was responsible for the systematic marketing of Monona County, Iowa and the facilitation of economic development initiatives that foster the retention, expansion, and attraction of business and residents to the county. In partnership with 3 other counties, I helped found a non-profit for Iowa’s West Coast to further spur entrepreneurial activity in our region.
In partnership with 6-Figure Food Truck entrepreneur, Stacy Orndorff, I developed a regional entrepreneur mastermind program: IMPACT. Or groups were CURATED with entrepreneurs who were operating at similar levels of business status and mindset. We carefully evaluated each individual and paired them with a group that would help them grow…like a rising tide.
Entrepreneurs in IMPACT developed goals and visions beyond their current situation because their imagination, access, and confidence were expanded. This was accomplished because of the placement in a group with like-minded people, the environment and nature of the group itself, the culture developed in the group, and format we had carefully crafted for each group.
I took the lead on our innovation themed group, and what I found was that many of the sessions naturally gravitated toward participants seeking help with focus, organization, and productivity (we joked about it being an entrepreneurs with ADHD support group).
I found myself sharing my own personal story of overcoming these struggles. I shared several strategies that helped, but I wanted to help more. To help more, I needed to KNOW and UNDERSTAND more! I handed the reigns of the IMPACT masterminds over to Stacy, and went back to school for holistic health and nutrition!
To be continued…..