Just when my natural skepticism started to kick in, God, like He so often does, gave us the right people at just the right time.
We were introduced to Tom and Paula through mutual friends in Ave Maria, FL.
As we got to know them more, we developed a friendship. Tom is the owner of a successful memorial business and, during the time that Brad was publishing Waterside Neighbors magazine in Naples, FL, Tom was advertising his business and his exclusive garden art pieces in it. Brad and Tom began talking about Guadalupe Roastery and Tom became really interested in what we were doing. Tom was looking for an investment, but more than that, he wanted to get involved because he loved the idea behind the company. A partnership with Tom and Paula was the logical next step – it was exactly what we needed.
Tom has invaluable knowledge and wisdom when it comes to operating a business. Brad and Tom work well together and have a deep respect for one another and a mutual trust. Paula, who has become a good friend of mine, is bilingual, very sociable, well organized, and is unmatched when it comes to planning events. Her and I work well together also and have an enjoyable time doing it! We can bond over the joys and struggles of motherhood and over being married to entrepreneurs with big ideas.
Tom’s place of business had a large enough space to section off for Guadalupe Roastery to set up shop and so we bought the big daddy roaster and started to move in.
Meanwhile, Andrew graduated from Ave Maria University with his Masters in Theology and we offered him the full-time role of Chief Business Developer for the roastery.
Andrew helped get us connected with awesome non-profits like: Mary’s Meals, Fight the New Drug, and the JPII Project.
We welcomed sweet baby Josephine to our family and found the need to consume a whole lot more of our delicious product.
Then, Paul and Bing Rush (friends of ours who run a mission called Guadalupe Gardens in Nicaragua), introduced us to Rolyn and Lorena Garcia. Rolyn and Lorena are coffee farmers and great people to be in partnership with. We believe in what they’re trying to do on their coffee farm and we love their heart for their hired workers and their local community.
Tom and Brad made their first trip to Rolyn and Lorena’s coffee farm this past October.
They brought along Travis Ratcliff and his amazing crew who produced a beautiful video detailing our partnership.
When Brad and Tom returned, they were both so fired up about their trip and all they had witnessed and experienced.
When I saw the video Travis produced, I got fired up too. Any bit of skepticism I had left faded away. Not only did I now totally understand the vision Brad had for this company all these years, but I FELT it. It may have taken me a while, but I was finally 100% on board.
If you haven’t seen the video yet, it’s a must see:
We’re incredibly thankful for our relationships and friendships with Tom, Paula, Andrew, Rolyn, and Lorena. It is so reassuring to no longer feel like we’re in this thing on our own and to have good and reliable people on our side.
So, where do we go from here?
Check back next week to find out what’s been brewing in our world! And, if you like what we’re about, join us in drinking some of the best coffee the world has to offer!