Total loan: $10,000


Santa Cruz, CA, United States / Food

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Brent's story

I was born and raised in Western Kentucky. I was the 4th generation in the same square mile surrounded by rural farming and church community. My dad bought a farm and built a house across from his dad's farm. This provided a strong foundation for me learning about mechanics, construction, maintenance and hard work. I picked tomatoes on a farm and did construction to pay cash for my first car when I turned 16. I ran cross-country and track in high school and won 3 state titles. I received an academic and athletic track scholarship to the University of Louisville. My first summer job after my freshmen year of college was with Vector Marketing doing direct sales for CUTCO Cutlery. I finished 52nd place out of over 30,000 student sales associates. I moved to South Florida in 2000, where I started crewing, maintaining, and delivering yachts for the next 5 years all over North America. During this time I moved to the San Francisco Bay Area and discovered many new horizons that led me to change my overall attitude, lifestyle, and core purpose. I was drawn towards geometry, sound, permaculture, green building and nutrition in particular. My focus changed to making a difference versus make a dollar. One day I was at a summer fair in Northern California. I was listening to one of the featured speakers about the benefits of dark chocolate and how it can be combined with other ingredients for health benefits. I started experimenting and making tasty recipes inspired by his suggestions and three years later I was in nearly 40 retail outlets with my original company called Holy Cacao Immaculate Confections. This eventually segued my experience into my current company Regenerative Foods - Cocoa Logos.