Cheri Romanoski is a native Tucsonan who grew up appreciating the desert and its natural resources. Born to hard working parents, preserving what grew in our surroundings became a hobby and family pastime.
As an elementary teacher in Tucson, Cheri taught children about the flora and fauna of the Sonoran Desert and how Native Americans survived on its bounty. She later utilized this knowledge to preserve many fruits grown on her property to provide her husband and three children with all-natural, healthy preserves. The excess production was given to neighbors. Soon, the neighbors began sending over unusual fruit grown on their own property for her to preserve for them. Payment for this favor came in the way of special homemade goodies made in their own kitchens. As a result, Cheri learned how to make many different varieties of preserves, some of which she continues to make for her own business today. Since 1985, her home spun hobby has blossomed into a national and international business.
Cheri continues to take extra care with each product by hand harvesting, processing and preparing all of her products in small quantities to ensure product quality and integrity. She still uses no artificial flavoring, coloring or preservatives, just nature’s finest fruits and vegetables. Cheri’s numerous accomplishments have earned her recognition as a 2019 finalist for the Women of Influence Entrepreneur of the Year Award.
About Your Host
A business coach and author, Stephanie Rising has helped over 100 small business owners achieve greater proficiency, profitability, and sanity. She specializes in navigating the complexities of family-owned companies and partnerships. An expert small business advocate, she provides objective problem solving and accountability that have led numerous clients to award-winning achievement. She is a Nominee for the Southern Arizona BBB’s 2019 Ethics Torch Award.
Stephanie specializes in DISC behavioral analysis and her first book, DISC: Leverage Your Nature, Increase Your Sales, is available on Amazon. She outlines step-by-step tactics for building a marketing plan that is sustainable for each reader’s personality and speaks to their specific target market. Stephanie has led many well-received workshops on DISC-based marketing and applying behavioral analysis in business. She is currently working on her second book about family-owned businesses.
In 2012, Stephanie and her husband, Dr. George Rising, founded The Rising School, a nonprofit charter school focused on preparing students for college and 21st century careers. As an extension of her belief in promoting an educated and healthy community, Stephanie has sponsored Youth on Their Own since 2011, contributing monthly toward student stipends used to help homeless teens graduate from high school.
Stephanie is available for one-on-one coaching, executive team development, planning retreats, and public speaking.