Title: founder of Mother Shrub, a Chesterfield County-based company that makes five flavored drinking vinegars that can be used as a mixer for a variety of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. The vinegars are available in a variety of specialty shops, including Kohlmann’s Neighborhood Market, Ladles & Linens Kitchen Shoppe, Little House Green Grocery, Stella’s Grocery and Union Market.
Born: 1962 in Charleston, W.Va.
Education: bachelor of science in business administration, West Virginia University, 1980-1984
Career: Spencer Printing, 1985-99; Colormark/Colonial Printing, 1999-2008; Frankie Slaughter Designs, 2008-12; freelance project manager/consultant, 2012-recent; Mother Shrub, 2015-present
What part of the metro area do you live?: Midlothian
Best business decision: “Starting my business, Mother Shrub. I kept putting it off.”
Worst business decision: “Not sure. I have made plenty of mistakes along the way, but nothing I haven’t been able to learn from and improve upon.”
Mistake you learned the most from: “Spending too much time on and stressing over minor decisions. When I first started Mother Shrub, I could get too wrapped up in minor details and decisions. As it’s grown, I’m learning to look at the bigger picture, to make a decision with the information provided and move on.”
What is the biggest challenge/opportunity in the next two to five years: “My biggest challenge will be keeping up with the growth of my business.”
First job after college: “Selling printing. I grew up in the printing industry, so it seemed like a good place to start.”
If you had to do it all over again, what would you do differently: “Not a thing. I love what I do. Every person I’ve met, path I’ve taken and decision I’ve made has led me right here where I am today. I’m grateful for it all.”
Movie or book that inspired you the most, and why?: “It’s too hard to choose a favorite. I have so many.”
Favorite/least favorite subject in school: Favorite: English; least favorite: accounting/finance. Not a good thing if you’re a business major.”