On episode 644 of "Making Waves at C-Level" Thom sits down for a candid talk with Shari Fitzpatrick, the founder of Shari's Berries. She tells her story of turning her love of Strawberries into a $50mm brand, how she lost the company (and got nothing), became resilient, became a motivational speaker, and how she launched a new company (Berried in Chocolate). Her story is one for everyone, as it talks about how to make a life instead of just making a living.
About Shari Fitzpatrick
SHARI FITZPATRICK is the creator of the world’s famous line of gourmet-dipped strawberries, the renowned Shari’s Berries. Shari’s love affair with strawberries began as a little girl with a strawberry patch that her Father planted for her each summer. They quickly became her favorite fruit. Later while working as a mortgage broker in Los Angeles she began making potential clients handmade chocolate dipped strawberries. The incredible popularity of these memorable edible gifts soon outpaced the success of her original career.
In 1989, with a $1,500 cash advance, having just moved to a new town, Shari took her passion and hobby of chocolate dipping strawberries and turned it into a business.
An acclaimed inspirational speaker, and now author, Shari entertains audiences of all ages and backgrounds while sharing her down-to-earth, heartfelt business story. Appealing to anyone who has a dream, she’ll take your group on an emotional journey as she intertwines the successes in her life along with her mistakes. Shari’s new book, Berried in Chocolate, points out the importance of family, faith and fearlessness while revealing how God became her best business partner and that faith and street smarts can be just as useful as a college degree.
Today Shari’s new boutique brand of gourmet chocolate dipped gifts can be exclusively found at BerriedinChocolate.com and are shipped nationwide all year round.
For over 29 years, Shari’s story and her creations have attracted attention through appearances in O Magazine, In-Style Magazine, People Magazine, Chicken Soup for the Entrepreneurial Soul, on the Today Show, Food Network, The Apprentice, The Price is Right, Wheel of Fortune, QVC and HSN.
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