Kandice With A K-Like In KEMOSABE Instant Coffee

Posted by Southwest Beverages on 9/15/2016

This is my first “Meet & Greet” meeting with the Young Entrepreneurs of Tucson after I joined the group last month. Having just opened my event planning business I heard that I could pick up a lot of valuable contacts and leads by meeting people from this group. Haven knows did I need contacts after all I just relocated from Dayton, Ohio following my divorce from my husband of fourteen years and where I worked as an event planner for The Oak Mountain Country Club.

Prior to me leaving my office at 4:45 PM for the 5:00 PM meeting, I made myself a container of Kemosabe chocolate hazelnut instant coffee. I found that Kemosabe instant coffee relaxes me since it is caffeine free and today the Young Entrepreneurs meeting had me anxious. Coffee in hand I arrived at the meeting a few minutes before 5:00 PM to find several large groups of people standing around speaking to one another. Before I could join any of the groups the President of the Young Entrepreneurs called the meeting to order. Seeing that I was by myself a rather handsome middle aged man approached me and asked he I would like to join his group at his table. I smiled and accepted. No sooner had we been seated than he asked me my name. “Kandice,” I replied, smiling at him. “Kandice with a K,” I added. “Like in Kemosabe instant coffee,” I whispered holding up my container of coffee with the Kemosabe logo facing him.

“Nice to meet you, Kandice with a K,” he jokingly replied. I’m Roger. Roger Albright. We’ll talk later since the President is speaking.”

For the next fifteen minutes I sat quietly at the table listening to the President talk about funding for start-ups. Suddenly, and to my surprise, he announced, “And now I would like to introduce our new members. First, we have Kandice Ballenger who just recently opened an event planning business called, “Events By Kandice.”

Leaving my container of Kemosabe instant coffee on the table I pushed my seat back, rose and took one step away from the table. “Hey, Kandice,” I heard a voice from my table call out. It was Roger. “Break a leg, Kandice with a K,” he stated as he held up the container of Kemosabe instant coffee pointed towards me.

To make a long story short, the introduction to my company was flawless. After the meeting had ended I spoke with seven executives who all said they would use my services within the next three months.

dry mix beveragesWritten by Bob Jenkins, Founder & Chief Executive Officer of Southwest Beverages

Bob has had the privilege of working for some of America's largest and well run public and private companies, including Philip Morris, Canada Dry, Dr Pepper, Cadbury Schweppes, Snapple Beverage Corporation, Tasker Capital Corp. and The Water Club and River Cafe - two of New York's finest fine dining restaurants. He has worked in various capacities as Finance Manager, Controller, Director of Finance, Vice President Finance & Administration, Chief Financial Officer, Secretary, and Treasurer.

Bob holds a Masters of Business Administration degree in accounting from the University of Tennessee and a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from the University of Arizona.

Southwest Beverages is a manufacturer and marketer of two brands of premium quality dry mix beverages: Sippity hot-cocoa mix and Kemosabe gourmet flavored coffee. All Southwest Beverages products are uniquely blended flavors that contain all the ingredients necessary for you to enjoy the ultimate hot beverage experience. Simply add water and stir-then sip, savor and enjoy.

For more information, please visit www.southwestbeverages.com.

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