Anything and Everything with Donna Lisa is a weekly advice podcast where I discuss various topics about business, entertainment, wellness, society and design. Join me each week as I interview special guests who have made an impact in my life and can possibly impact yours.
Episode 24 - Thomas Oliver, owner of Waikomo Shave Ice, serves up something sweet in the Las Vegas Valley
Thomas Oliver got his start in business working for his family's pool business on the island of Kauai. He knew early on that the family business was not the route he wanted to take in life, so he decided to step away to figure out what he really wanted to do.
In 2014, Thomas broke his leg while riding his horse and had to take some time off to clear his mind and heal from his accident. During that time, he traveled to Europe and did a lot of soul searching and healing for a couple of months. In 2016, Thomas came up with an idea of selling coconuts on the side of the street and eventually had an opportunity to take over an old food truck. He was given a shave ice machine from a friend and that was the start of Waikomo Shave Ice, originally named Loco Coco Shave Ice.
During the pandemic, Thomas thought it would be a good idea to expand his business and bring it to Las Vegas. He moved to Vegas in July 2020 and parked his food truck in different locations throughout the valley. Thomas recently found a permanent location for the truck to serve up some all natural goodness and has more plans to continue expanding his business on the island of Kauai.
Waikomo Shave Ice uses completely natural ingredients with no artificial flavors or colorings. Their shave ice is cool, refreshing and perfect for any day. The combination of finely shaved ice, and delicious syrups, fresh fruit topping drizzled with coco cream and honey makes his loyal customers coming back for more.
Episode 23 - Candie Beane, founder of Everyday Dynamix talks about her passion to help others become the best version of themselves.
A 20-year hospitality veteran, Candie Beane, DMCP, was like many others who lost their job due to the pandemic. She has since reinvented herself as a Leadership Development Expert, Corporate Culture enthusiast, and Founder of Everyday Dynamix; an interpersonal communications company dedicated to helping leaders and teams reach their fullest potential.
Her past roles as VP of Business Development for Hosts Las Vegas, A Hosts Global Company and General Manager for PRA Destination Management, Las Vegas helped her realize her true purpose lies in empowering individuals, shaping leaders and building united teams through passion, humor and positivity!
Corporate Meetings and Events allowed Candie to see how interpersonal communications can skyrocket a company’s culture and overall success. With trust at the foundation, teams thrive in an environment of empowerment, authenticity and productive conflict that produces innovative and profitable results.
Episode 22 - Making magic with Charcuterie Queen, Shey Octaviano from Shey's Kitchen.
Tune in as we chat with Shey Octaviano, owner of Shey's Kitchen, on how she started her charcuterie board business and expanded into teaching charcuterie classes to share her passion. Shey started her business during the pandemic and recently decided to leave the corporate world and focus on growing her business. Listen to Shey's future plans for Shey's Kitchen and hear what drives this busy mom to continue her passion.
Episode 21- Chef Amy Coram Reynolds adds some spice to her life with her hot sauce line - Saucy
This week, we chat with Chef Amy about getting her start as a private chef and her journey to launching her hot sauce line - Saucy.
Chef Amy has worked in the restaurant industry since the age of 14. She graduated from the Culinary Institute of America and have worked in kitchens all over the US for the past 12 years. Saucy was born from a love of travel, exotic foods, and making dinnertime easy for busy families with a commitment to collaboration over competition, mentoring women in culinary arts, and community involvement. Saucy uses fresh ingredients for faraway flavors that make simple meals extra flavorful.
Chef Amy recently placed 4th out of 35k contestants on Favorite Chef. She was able to raise over $1 million dollars to help feed America!
Episode 20 - A coffee date with Jessica Castillo, host of Coffee Dates with Jess
This week, we chat with Jessica Castillo, podcast host and founder of Coffee Dates with Jess. Listen to her story on how she got started with her podcast, where it's going, and how she turns her passion for yoga and children into her new project - Blooming Minds in Bloom. Jessica has been working with children for over 4 years and is studying to get a degree in psychology. Her goal is to give children a voice and bring awareness to kids' mental health, education and self development. Jessica believes kids have a strong voice and we all should listen and nourish their voices.
Episode 19 - We'll drink to that - Wine tasting with Renee Watwood.
This week see a more casual side of Donna Lisa as she does a wine tasting episode with her close friend and Catering Manager, Renee Watwood. They taste and compare clean-crafted wines that are free from chemical additives, synthetic pesticides and sweeteners. Donna Lisa and Renee share their thoughts on the different wines they taste and discuss other topics that good friends bring up in conversation over a great glass of wine and food.