ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Where should I start? I am a musician that fell into the barbecue sauce industry, literally.
What had happened was, I was tired of not being able to find a sauce on the market, that I didn't have to doctor up once I cracked open the seal. So, I began to make my own.
In 2002, while chasing my dream of being a musician, I graduated from ITT Technical Institute in Ft. Lauderdale Florida as a CAD Engineer. However, I figured out quickly that I did not like sitting behind a desk all day. I worked a few different odd jobs while I pursued my music career. Then I found substitute teaching in 2003. Here is where I found my passion. I was able to use my gift to inspire young men and women inside the classroom.
I have always had a passion to give back. For over 19 years, music was the gift that I used to inspire crowds up and down the east coast of the U.S. In 2005, I founded a program called F.R.E.S.H. (Finally Realizing the Excellence in showing Honor) This program's focus was to empower the youth that had been otherwise written off as failures. I saw greatness in these students. I was those students until someone took the time to invest in my future. I have been fortunate enough to have many opportunities presented to me because of my gift. I have met many like-minded individuals whom since, have become family. Shawn Elliot, Author of "Be Still Little Tree Be Still," being one of those individuals. Together, he and I merged our mentoring programs and continued to mentor children and young adults here in Texas in 2008.
In 2010, I wanted to continue my work inside the classroom. I went back to school and got my degree in Education. However, I am still working on that chapter.
In 2012, with no idea how I would make it work, I started my business as a BBQ sauce innovator. Shawn and I worked for months to create a logo design and packaging that would stand out in the sea of BBQ sauces already on the market. The Jank gourmet BBQ sauce has moved at a pace that I could not have anticipated.
In 2015, I graduated from South Texas College with an AA degree in Education. The This happened right around the time that The Jank was selected Top 25 in a H.E.B.'s Primo Pick contest.
In 2017, The Jank was awarded the H.E.B. Supplier diversity, Supplier of the Year Award.
In 2018, I published my first book. I am excited about the unknown! This chapter is still being written.