I grew up around the world. My parents worked for the CIA (I was so well-trained as a CIA kid that I asked my dad’s permission to even share that) and so I’ve lived in Germany, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and South Korea. That experience gave me an appreciation and comfort with different cultures and people and I thus have a strong belief in equality. I believe that just a few people can start a movement and change the way a nation acts – and, as a baker, that extends to my and Fran’s mission to rid the world of crappy baked goods!
Fran and I both have degrees in chemistry but I ended up really focusing on it. I spent nearly thirty years working in the pharmaceutical industry starting as a chemist and finally as a director of several departments.
A chemistry laboratory can actually be thought of as just a large kitchen. Both chemistry and baking have a committed focus on improving quality in every step of any process.
Even though it’s been many years since I worked in a lab, I still know my way around a measuring balance. I’m a damn good dishwasher too, although if I may indulge in some chemistry humor here, I’m really slow – because I triple-rinse everything.
I bring my leadership and management expertise to BakeBox™, even if all the visionary thinking, successes and headaches are for now experienced by both of us.
As a business owner you make it or you don’t, but it’s up to you. With BakeBox™, Fran and I are working on our own (delicious) dream, instead of working hard on someone else’s.