Carole Kennelly

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Name: Carole “Brand Warrior” Kennelly

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Age: 32

Title: Co-Founder of Historic Brewing Co, Grand Canyon Wine Co & Thought-To-Table

Married/Single: In a relationship with a bearded fellow.

Kids: Nah. Check back later.

City you live in: Phoenix technically, but I spend most of my time on the highway.

A typical day in my life includes…

driving, emailing, phone calling, managing sales teams, managing delivery drivers, overseeing designers and contractors, writing copy, cultivating ideas. You know, living the dream.

I was born…

in a crossfire hurricane.

My favorite thing about Arizona…

the weather. I went to college in Northern Indiana. No decent person should have to endure a winter there. Ever.

I’m listening to…

right this moment? Ratatat. Everyone has their work jams.

My family…

my family members are much more than just that; they are also my business partners. We all bring a little something different to the table, which makes us a good team. We all get behind one another’s dreams no matter how outside the box they may be. They are pretty rad.

If I could have dinner with anyone, it would be…

my partner, Jeffrey. I travel A LOT for work. Dinner with him is the thing I look forward to most when I am finally home.

One thing I cannot live without…

I hate to admit it, but I would be lost without my iPhone; my entire business is run by that silly device.

When I was younger, I wanted to be…

on Broadway. Yes, I am a secret musical theatre nerd.

I’m inspired by…

my grandmother, Helen. She taught me that in life any dream is possible.

The one person who motivates me is…

my little brother John. He and I share a similar inability to ever slow down.

If I could change anything in the world, it would be…

the corruption surrounding our nation’s food systems. I would like to see a world where people grow their own food, support their local farmers and spend their dollars in local small businesses.

The perfect day would be…

any day when my phone doesn’t ring every five minutes. Beyond that, a day spent outside in the sunshine with friends and laughter. Beer and wine would definitely be involved. It may also involve bike rides, making dinner at home, eating on the patio, and ending the day outside by the fire pit.

My first job was…

washing dishes in my family’s restaurant when I was eight. Yeah, I’m not above a little elbow grease.

My favorite escape…

the beach. I may be from AZ, but my soul yearns for the coast.

My life…

is kinda freakin’ awesome. I love what I do and the people I have met along the way. I have an amazing family and a life-partner I absolutely adore. I am definitely a lucky girl.

I’m currently working on…

hah. I’m currently starting a non-profit urban farm, Thought-To-Table, that will help provide organic produce to the local community with a focus on empowering entrepreneurship to the underserviced.

Always…

believe that anything is possible.

Never…

lose your sense of humor or take yourself too seriously.

Favorite Quote…

“Nobody puts baby in the corner.”

Biggest Dream…

becoming a model for social entrepreneurship and inspiring others to make sustainable businesses choices that benefit the greater good of the community.

My Pet Peeve(s)…

people who use public forums to complain about pet peeves. We all have better things to do.

 



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