Lisa Rowland Brasher

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As a young girl Lisa Rowland Brasher would accompany her father, Candy Hall of Famer Herm Rowland, to the family business, Herman Goelitz Candy Co., on weekends and holidays. She says that was all it took — she was sold. Born in Concord, CA, on January 5, 1963, to Herm and Andrea, Lisa spent her […]

Tempe Brooks

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Tempe Brooks was born on May 26, 1941, in Summit, NJ, to Leola and John Boyce-Smith, III, and has a younger brother, Gifford Boyce- Smith, MD. With what she says was a vague notion that biochemistry might be interesting, she decided to attend Pomona College and ended up earning a BA in Zoology. Tempe met […]

Laura Christian

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Laura A. Christian, was born on December 17, 1959, in Evanston, IL, and was the first of five children to George and Elizabeth Ritter Christian. Laura says a strong belief in helping others and giving back was instilled in her by her parents, which led to an initial career goal of working in special education. […]

Kennith Fries

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Kennith Fries has always valued home, and despite his intense dislike for traveling — mainly flying — he has achieved remarkable national success. Born March 13, 1959, in Myrtle Beach, SC, Kennith’s father, Harvey, served in the Air Force with two tours in Vietnam, which meant his mother, Carolyn, was often left to manage the […]

James Hachtel

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James (Jim) Hachtel had thought he was headed for a career in the hotel industry. Born in Tucson, AZ, in March 5, 1959, Jim worked through high school for his mother, Rosemarie, who was with a prominent hotel in Tucson. His father, Fred, was a retired U.S. Army Master Sergeant and Jim and his two […]

Gertrude Hawk

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Gertrude (Jones) Hawk was born in 1903 to Gomer and Ellen Jones, of Scranton, PA. Her father died when he was only 42 and her mother suffered from a heart condition leaving Gertrude to support the family. At the age of 12, she left school and went to work dipping chocolate in a local candy […]

James H. Heinz

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James H. (Jim) Heinz was born on September 1, 1947, in Oak Park, IL, to Edward and Laurette. He has five siblings, Edward, Raymond (Buz), Laurette, Joan and Gigi. When leaving New Trier High School in Winnetka, IL, Jim says he wanted to become a professional baseball player, but the business world called and he […]

Jeff Rubin

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When Jeff Rubin was five years old, he started competing with the neighborhood lemonade stands by selling candy. He says he quickly learned the key to success was not just the product, but how it was merchandised. Jeff, born March 25, 1964, in Detroit, to Sidney and Marilyn, and brother to Craig, Howard and Dana, […]

Adrian Timms

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Born in Sheffield, England, on March 30, 1957, to Bernard and Alice Timms and the youngest brother to David, Alwyn and Andrew, Adrian Timms says his working class parents fostered in their sons a desire to learn and work hard in their education. Torn between sciences and writing, but having to make a choice in […]