Ji Hye Kim – Founding Partner of Miss Kim, a Korean restaurant in Ann Arbor.
We’ll hear her story from moving to the US, to taking a 90% pay cut to join the Zingerman’s family, to bringing the Zingerman’s ethos alive in a new venture. It’s not easy, but being open with numbers, lean, and mindful have helped her to create a new business that will enrich the lives of the employees and customers. Continue reading Starting an Employee Engaging Company from the Ground Up
First a shout out to a listener…my mother, Connie. She listens sporadically to the show, but she tuned into my episodes with Scott and they really grabbed her attention. She was so excited what Scott is doing that she shared with her local family owned restaurant (I think they might be there everyday) the story of what Scott’s doing. They then got her into contact with their distributor who really caught on to Scott’s vision for creating work for those living with disabilities and they have now brought his wine into their area, a new market for Scott and 100% wine. So cool.
Scott was one of my first guests that I asked what challenge the world could help him with and finding new markets was one of them. Who knew it would be my mom spurring that on! That’s why you put the challenge out there.
Great story of an English kid, a prodigy really, in music and cooking that has found a new family in the town of Dexter, Michigan and his business that is part of the Zingerman’s Community, Cornman Farms.
I spent a few minutes with Valentina Silva, Communications Specialist at the Zingerman’s Service Network. Our talk ranges from her day to day to what her challenges and opportunities are for the future. She offers an employee perspective on a company that practices open book management and one that is known for it’s positive company culture.
In the first episode we learned that Kieron Hales, Managing Partner of Cornman Farms, is multi-talented and is moved to creating a family. He intentionally looks to garner the input of his team through lean and open book practices. This week we look at the results of this inspiration and intentionality. The biggest lesson, he didn’t know anything when he started and failure is the best way to move the company forward.
Listen into the end of my conversation with Kieron and I’ll catch you on the other side.