LIVE from HAVEN 2022: Kathleen, Kathleen Loves Color and Co-host of An Acquired Taste (formerly Webgirl Kathleen) (Organization Conversation, Episode 43)
Kathleen from Kathleen Loves Color, and co-host of An Acquired Taste, joined host Richard Grove in the Wall Control booth at HAVEN 2022. She and Richard talked about her career, blending DIY and podcasting, organization (or lack of it), the projects she has going on, and much more.
This show was originally broadcast live from the 2022 HAVEN Conference held at the Grand Hyatt Buckhead in Atlanta, Georgia.
Kathleen Heaney, Content Creator, Kathleen Loves Color, and Co-host of An Acquired Taste
Kathleen Heaney is a digital creator and co-host of the Webby-nominated lifestyle podcast An Acquired Taste. With a weekly spot on Apple’s Personal Journals top 100 and a 20k episode reach, An Acquired Taste ranks in the top 1% of all podcasts. She’s currently developing her second podcast, Kathleen Can Do It, a comedy DIY podcast about the fun and fails of doing it yourself. She also co-hosts a twice-monthly subscription-based live video podcast, as well as her monthly book club, Book Buds, on Patreon.com/acquiredtaste.
Kathleen specializes in DIY and home decor-focused content, podcasting, graphic & motion design, photo & video editing, social media management, and illustration. She hails from New Jersey where she lives in Hoboken with her husband and two cats. When she’s not busy browsing Facebook marketplace for hidden gems, Kathleen enjoys yoga, audiobooks, public radio, and binge-watching marathons with a bowl of popcorn and a glass of wine.
She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Rutgers University before doing a total 180° career change and diving into the world of web building and graphic design. After completing her certification in Web Development at NYU, Kathleen went on to hone her creative skills at the Fashion Institute of Technology and the School of Visual Arts. She’s currently getting her certification in Interior Design at the New York Institute of Art and Design.
You might know her from Elvis Duran and the Morning Show where she was known on-air as “Web Girl Kathleen.” She was Digital Director for the nationally syndicated morning show for 8-years, growing their total online audience reach to 1.5M from the ground up.
Kathleen is passionate about creating fun content online, making people laugh, regular everyday items that come in cool colors, refurbishing vintage furniture, social equality, Women’s Rights activism, and her Vitamix blender.
About Organization Conversation
Organization Conversation is hosted by Richard Grove and broadcast and produced from the North Fulton studio of Business RadioX® inside Renasant Bank in Alpharetta. You can find the full archive of shows by following this link. The show is available on all the major podcast apps, including Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google, Amazon, iHeart Radio, Stitcher, TuneIn, and others.
About Richard Grove
Richard Grove‘s background is in engineering but what he enjoys most is brand building through relationships and creative marketing. Richard began his career with the Department of Defense as an engineer on the C-5 Galaxy Engineering Team based out of Warner Robins. While Richard found this experience both rewarding and fulfilling, he always knew deep down that he wanted to return to the small family business that originally triggered his interest in engineering.
Richard came to work for the family business, Dekalb Tool & Die, in 2008 as a Mechanical Engineer. At the time Wall Control was little more than a small ‘side hustle’ for Dekalb Tool & Die to try to produce some incremental income. There were no “Wall Control” employees, just a small warehouse with a single tool and die maker that would double as an “order fulfillment associate” on the occasion that the original WallControl.com website, which Richard’s grandmother built, pulled in an order.
In 2008, it became apparent that for the family business to survive they were going to have to produce their own branded product at scale to ensure jobs remained in-house and for the business to continue to move forward. Richard then turned his attention from tool and die to Wall Control to attempt this necessary pivot and his story with Wall Control began. Since that time, Richard has led Wall Control to significant growth while navigating two recessions.
Outside of Richard’s work at Wall Control he enjoys helping other business owners, operators, and entrepreneurs along their own paths to success by offering personal business coaching and advising through his website ConsultantSmallBusiness.com. Richard has developed an expansive and unique skillset growing and scaling Wall Control through a multitude of challenges to the successful brand and company it is today. Richard is happy to share his knowledge and experience with others who are looking to do the same within their own businesses.
Connect with Richard:
About Wall Control
The Wall Control story began in 1968 in a small tool & die shop just outside Atlanta, Georgia. The first of three generations began their work in building a family-based US manufacturer with little more than hard work and the American Dream.
Over the past 50+ years, this family business has continued to grow and expand from what was once a small tool & die shop into an award-winning US manufacturer of products ranging from automobile components to satellite panels and now, the best wall-mounted tool storage system available today, Wall Control.
The Wall Control brand launched in 2003 and is a family-owned and operated business that not only produces a high-quality American Made product but sees the entire design, production, and distribution process happen under their own roof in Tucker, Georgia. Under that same roof, three generations of American Manufacturing are still hard at work creating the best tool storage products available today.
Connect with Wall Control: