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Happy Father’s Day from Our SugarFam To celebrate Father’s Day this Sunday, June 17th, our SugarFam interviewed their dads—because let’s face it, whether it’s his favorite dad joke or the token advice he’ll …

Happy Father’s Day from Our SugarFam

To celebrate Father’s Day this Sunday, June 17th, our SugarFam interviewed their dads—because let’s face it, whether it’s his favorite dad joke or the token advice he’ll give to anyone who will listen, we’ve all learned so much from the guys who made us who we are today. Today, they’re making a guest appearance on the blog to tell us all about our sweet team members (funny kid stories and all) in their words.

Let’s start with job/career. What did your daughter want to be when she was a kid? How would you describe what she does at work now?

As a kid, all Sam ever wanted was to eat candy every day for the rest of her life. Her job now is to convince people to buy more candy.

As candymakers, we can’t help but ask…what was her favorite sweet treat as a kid?

Fudge and cotton candy.

Kids say (and do) some pretty hilarious things. What’s a funny story we should hear?

When her mother and I took Sam to interview at schools for kindergarten, she was asked, “What is your favorite thing?” She answered, “My belly button.” Needless to say, that school didn’t work out.

How would you describe your daughter in 5 words or less?

Bossy, argumentative, wise, CEO material

What is your sweetest memory together?

Spending hours in the Costco parking lot, teaching Sam how to drive.

Does your daughter have a hidden talent we may not know about?

If she does, she keeps it hidden.

We love Dad-isms…whether a classic dad joke or great life advice. Since it’s Father’s Day, would you tell us yours?

Always order french fries well done (try to burn them) and iced tea unsweetened.

Let’s start with job/career. What did your daughter want to be when she was a kid? How would you describe what she does at work now?

Coming from a family of teachers, Rachel always wanted to be a school teacher! Her favorite thing to do was setup a classroom in our basement – complete with a chalkboard on the wall, an old wooden school desk, and pillows on the carpet for reading time. Today, Rachel’s job is to find the BEST talent with the right cultural mindset and interpersonal skills to grow her Sugarfina family…and from what I know, she’s great at it!

As candymakers, we can’t help but ask…what was her favorite sweet treat as a kid?

Without question, strawberry pie! Rachel was allergic to dairy products as a kid, and her mom made a strawberry pie for her first birthday – it’s been a favorite ever since. I still make it for her when she comes to Denver!

How would you describe your daughter in 5 words or less?

Confident, fiercely committed/loyal, independent, incredibly resilient, and FUN!

What is your sweetest memory together?

We belonged to a father/daughter group through the YMCA (Young Adventure Princesses). We had so many great experiences together through this program, but my favorite and sweetest memory is the annual dinner-dance. This was always a dressy occasion, and I’d get Rachel a small wrist corsage with baby roses. My sweetest memory is when Rachel would stand on my shoes in her cute dress, with her hair all done up and we’d dance to “Butterfly Kisses” by Bob Carlisle. She knows I’m a softy and wear my emotions on my sleeve, so she was never surprised when my tears dripped (okay, come on, a few other dads’ did too!), while she looked up at me with a glowing smile as we sang the lyrics together.

Does your daughter have a hidden talent we may not know about?

Rachel has a great eye for photography. Her Instagram posts and travel pics often blow me away!

We love Dad-isms…whether a classic dad joke or great life advice. Since it’s Father’s Day, would you tell us yours?

It’s simple… practice gratitude.

Let’s start with job/career. What did your daughter want to be when she was a kid? How would you describe what she does at work now?

When she was a very little girl, all Nicole wanted to be was a cat catcher, but as she added a few more years, she wanted to be a veterinarian. Today, she is a Project Manger at Sugarfina, managing all incoming creative requests for packaging, digital, photograph, and retail.

As candymakers, we can’t help but ask…what was her favorite sweet treat as a kid?

While she loved Swedish Fish, there are two other special sweets that are unique to our father-daughter relationship: First, she loved blue Gatorade. When we lived in Australia, we would explore our home city of Sydney on bicycle. Whenever Nicole wanted a break and was thirsty, she would ask if we could pull over for some “blue tongue” (her words for blue Gatorade), because it made our tongues blue. We still call it that today. In her teen years, she was on a very strict diet for her sport, Rhythmic Gymnastics. I would pick her up from her gym on Friday evenings, and after going out for sushi, we would sneak into Penguin’s and order nice big helpings of yogurt – with all of the toppings – and eat it in the car (and throw out the containers) before arriving home.

Kids say (and do) some pretty hilarious things. What’s a funny story we should hear?

When Nicole was seven years old, her mother dropped her off at school and then headed to the hair stylist. Her mother hadn’t told any of the children that she was dying her hair from being blonde (her whole life, BTW) to a brunette. When Nicole jumped into the car after school, she had one look at her mother, screamed and burst into tears sobbing, “You’re supposed to be a blonde like me!”

Does your daughter have a hidden talent we may not know about?

Nicole traveled around the world competing and training in Rhythmic Gymnastics on the USA Senior National Team. She was asked to join the Olympic Team, and holds a Bronze medal in the All-Around in the Junior Olympics.

We love Dad-isms…whether a classic dad joke or great life advice. Since it’s Father’s Day, would you tell us yours?

I refer to this quote often: “People wonder why I give so many compliments out to strangers. I’m not being fake, and I am not looking for people to like me. But, if I pass someone, and I like something, I say it. Why? Because life is hard, and this world can be a terrible place – and people are mean. You never know what they may be going through. Random compliment-giving might change some stranger’s life – and very likely yours, too.” – Jordan Weather

Let’s start with job/career. What did your daughter want to be when she was a kid? How would you describe what she does at work now?

Leah wanted to be everything from a fashion designer to a doctor. Also, a writer – which is some of what she does now.

As candymakers, we can’t help but ask…what was her favorite sweet treat as a kid?

Anything with sugar in it! For sure, donuts.

Kids say (and do) some pretty hilarious things. What’s a funny story we should hear?

When Leah was little, she always made us read the book “The Country Bunny” at bedtime, because it was the longest! We tried hiding it, and that didn’t work. Now we are saving it to give to her kids. Payback!

How would you describe your daughter in 5 words or less?

Highly energetic and a big dreamer.

What is your sweetest memory together?

Going skiing together.

Does your daughter have a hidden talent we may not know about?

Leah is an accomplished violinist.

We love Dad-isms…whether a classic dad joke or great life advice. Since it’s Father’s Day, would you tell us yours?

There is nothing more important than that you feel good!

Let’s start with job/career. What did your daughter want to be when she was a kid? How would you describe what she does at work now?

The Arts, fine and commercial. Acting, dancing, singing and gymnastics.

As candymakers, we can’t help but ask…what was her favorite sweet treat as a kid?

Her Dad.

How would you describe your daughter in 5 words or less?

A caring, amazing daughter and woman.

Kids say (and do) some pretty hilarious things. What’s a funny story we should hear?

Family horseback rides out the back gate into the mountains and by the river. It was often hilarious to see them galloping through the river and racing through on the sand dunes.

Does your daughter have a hidden talent we may not know about?

I doubt it. She gives her all to every project and thing she does.

What is your sweetest memory together?

The family trip to England, with side trip to Paris where we got stuck at the Eiffel Tower restaurant for hours by a marathon race.

We love Dad-isms…whether a classic dad joke or great life advice. Since it’s Father’s Day, would you tell us yours?

It’s a quote I sign with: “Always do right. You will gratify some and astonish the rest.” – Mark Twain

Let’s start with job/career. What did your daughter want to be when she was a kid? How would you describe what she does at work now?

A writer – which is exactly what she is.

As candymakers, we can’t help but ask…what was her favorite sweet treat as a kid?

Frozen yogurt. Probably not a coincidence that her first job in high school was working at Golden Spoon.

Kids say (and do) some pretty hilarious things. What’s a funny story we should hear?

When my daughter was 16, she pitched me on the idea that we should just be friends (and not worry about the parenting stuff). After I finished laughing, I said, “I really hope we will be one day – but not yet.”

How would you describe your daughter in 5 words or less?

A beautiful person, inside and out.

What is your sweetest memory together?

My favorite memories are from family vacations together. When Jenn was around five years old, we were on a weekend trip to San Diego, searching everywhere for stuffed animals of her favorite Disney character, Dark Wing Duck (the hero of the Duck Tails spin-off who fought crime wearing a purple cape). The absolute joy on her face when we finally found it was special.

Does your daughter have a hidden talent we may not know about?

She is a very logical thinker and understands business.

We love Dad-isms…whether a classic dad joke or great life advice. Since it’s Father’s Day, would you tell us yours?

The only purpose of having money is so that you don’t have to worry about not having money!

Sugarfina Team Member: Sam Sturges

Role: PR and Communications Manager

Dad Answers By: Glenn Weinman

Let’s start with job/career. What did your daughter want to be when she was a kid? How would you descrribe what she does at work now?

As a kid, all Sam ever wanted was to eat candy every day for the rest of her life. Her job now is to convince people to buy more candy.

As candymakers, we can’t help but ask…what was her favorite sweet treat as a kid?

Fudge and cotton candy.

Kids say (and do) some pretty hilarious things. What’s a funny story we should hear?

When her mother and I took Sam to interview at schools for kindergarten, she was asked, “What is your favorite thing?” She answered, “My belly button.” Needless to say, that school didn’t work out.

How would you describe your daughter in 5 words or less?

Bossy, argumentative, wise, CEO material

What is your sweetest memory together?

Spending hours in the Costco parking lot, teaching Sam how to drive.

Does your daughter have a hidden talent we may not know about?

If she does, she keeps it hidden.

We love Dad-isms…whether a classic dad joke or great life advice. Since it’s Father’s Day, would you tell us yours?

Always order french fries well done (try to burn them) and iced tea unsweetened.

Sugarfina Team Member: Rachel Hogan

Role: Recruitment Manager

Dad Answers By: Don Hogan

Let’s start with job/career. What did your daughter want to be when she was a kid? How would you describe what she does at work now?

Coming from a family of teachers, Rachel always wanted to be a school teacher! Her favorite thing to do was setup a classroom in our basement – complete with a chalkboard on the wall, an old wooden school desk, and pillows on the carpet for reading time. Today, Rachel’s job is to find the BEST talent with the right cultural mindset and interpersonal skills to grow her Sugarfina family…and from what I know, she’s great at it!

As candymakers, we can’t help but ask…what was her favorite sweet treat as a kid?

Without question, strawberry pie! Rachel was allergic to dairy products as a kid, and her mom made a strawberry pie for her first birthday – it’s been a favorite ever since. I still make it for her when she comes to Denver!

How would you describe your daughter in 5 words or less?

Confident, fiercely committed/loyal, independent, incredibly resilient, and FUN!

What is your sweetest memory together?

We belonged to a father/daughter group through the YMCA (Young Adventure Princesses). We had so many great experiences together through this program, but my favorite and sweetest memory is the annual dinner-dance. This was always a dressy occasion, and I’d get Rachel a small wrist corsage with baby roses. My sweetest memory is when Rachel would stand on my shoes in her cute dress, with her hair all done up and we’d dance to “Butterfly Kisses” by Bob Carlisle. She knows I’m a softy and wear my emotions on my sleeve, so she was never surprised when my tears dripped (okay, come on, a few other dads’ did too!), while she looked up at me with a glowing smile as we sang the lyrics together.

Does your daughter have a hidden talent we may not know about?

Rachel has a great eye for photography. Her Instagram posts and travel pics often blow me away!

We love Dad-isms…whether a classic dad joke or great life advice. Since it’s Father’s Day, would you tell us yours?

It’s simple… practice gratitude.

Sugarfina Team Member: Nicole Chillingworth

Role: Project Manager, Creative Services

Dad Answers By: Bill Chillingworth

Let’s start with job/career. What did your daughter want to be when she was a kid? How would you describe what she does at work now?

When she was a very little girl, all Nicole wanted to be was a cat catcher, but as she added a few more years, she wanted to be a veterinarian. Today, she is a Project Manger at Sugarfina, managing all incoming creative requests for packaging, digital, photograph, and retail.

As candymakers, we can’t help but ask…what was her favorite sweet treat as a kid?

While she loved Swedish Fish, there are two other special sweets that are unique to our father-daughter relationship: First, she loved blue Gatorade. When we lived in Australia, we would explore our home city of Sydney on bicycle. Whenever Nicole wanted a break and was thirsty, should would ask if we could pull over for some “blue tongue” (her words for blue Gatorade), because it made our tongues blue.We still call it that today. In her teen years, she was on a very strict diet for her sport, Rhythmic Gymnastics. I would pick her up from her gym on Friday evenings, and after going out for sushi, we would sneak into Penguin’s and order nice big helpings of yogurt – with all of the toppings – and eat it in the car (and throw out the containers) before arriving home.

Kids say (and do) some pretty hilarious things. What’s a funny story we should hear?

When Nicole was seven years old, her mother dropped her off at school and then headed to the hair stylist. Her mother hadn’t told any of the children that she was dying her hair from being blonde (her whole life, BTW) to a brunette. When Nicole jumped into the car after school, she had one look at her mother, screamed and burst into tears sobbing, “You’re supposed to be a blonde like me!”

Does your daughter have a hidden talent we may not know about?

Nicole traveled around the world competing and training in Rhythmic Gymnastics on the USA Senior National Team. She was asked to join the Olympic Team, and holds a Bronze medal in the All-Around in the Junior Olympics.

We love Dad-isms…whether a classic dad joke or great life advice. Since it’s Father’s Day, would you tell us yours?

I refer to this quote often: “People wonder why I give so many compliments out to strangers. I’m not being fake, and I am not looking for people to like me. But, if I pass someone, and I like something, I say it. Why? Because life is hard, and this world can be a terrible place – and people are mean. You never know what they may be going through. Random compliment-giving might change some stranger’s life – and very likely yours, too.” – Jordan Weather

Sugarfina Team Member: Leah Cioth

Role: Marketing Associate

Dad Answers By: Alex Cioth

Let’s start with job/career. What did your daughter want to be when she was a kid? How would you describe what she does at work now?

Leah wanted to be everything from a fashion designer to a doctor. Also, a writer – which is some of what she does now.

As candymakers, we can’t help but ask…what was her favorite sweet treat as a kid?

Anything with sugar in it! For sure, donuts.

Kids say (and do) some pretty hilarious things. What’s a funny story we should hear?

When Leah was little, she always made us read the book “The Country Bunny” at bedtime, because it was the longest! We tried hiding it, and that didn’t work. Now we are saving it to give to her kids. Payback!

How would you describe your daughter in 5 words or less?

Highly energetic and a big dreamer.

What is your sweetest memory together?

Going skiing together.

Does your daughter have a hidden talent we may not know about?

Leah is an accomplished violinist.

We love Dad-isms…whether a classic dad joke or great life advice. Since it’s Father’s Day, would you tell us yours?

There is nothing more important than that you feel good!

Sugarfina Team Member: Jessica Saylor

Role: Senior Sales Manager

Dad Answers By: Steven Saylor

Let’s start with job/career. What did your daughter want to be when she was a kid? How would you describe what she does at work now?

The Arts, fine and commercial. Acting, dancing, singing and gymnastics.

As candymakers, we can’t help but ask…what was her favorite sweet treat as a kid?

Her Dad.

How would you describe your daughter in 5 words or less?

A caring, amazing daughter and woman.

Kids say (and do) some pretty hilarious things. What’s a funny story we should hear?

Family horseback rides out the back gate into the mountains and by the river. It was often hilarious to see them galloping through the river and racing through on the sand dunes.

Does your daughter have a hidden talent we may not know about?

I doubt it. She gives her all to every project and thing she does.

What is your sweetest memory together?

The family trip to England, with side trip to Paris where we got stuck at the Eiffel Tower restaurant for hours by a marathon race.

We love Dad-isms…whether a classic dad joke or great life advice. Since it’s Father’s Day, would you tell us yours?

It’s a quote I sign with: “Always do right. You will gratify some and astonish the rest.” – Mark Twain

Sugarfina Team Member: Jenn Gaudet

Role: Copywriter

Dad Answers By: Marty Milas

Let’s start with job/career. What did your daughter want to be when she was a kid? How would you describe what she does at work now?

A writer – which is exactly what she is.

As candymakers, we can’t help but ask…what was her favorite sweet treat as a kid?

Frozen yogurt. Probably not a coincidence that her first job in high school was working at Golden Spoon.

Kids say (and do) some pretty hilarious things. What’s a funny story we should hear?

When my daughter was 16, she pitched me on the idea that we should just be friends (and not worry about the parenting stuff). After I finished laughing, I said, “I really hope we will be one day – but not yet.”

How would you describe your daughter in 5 words or less?

A beautiful person, inside and out.

What is your sweetest memory together?

My favorite memories are from family vacations together. When Jenn was around five years old, we were on a weekend trip to San Diego, searching everywhere for stuffed animals of her favorite Disney character, Dark Wing Duck (the hero of the Duck Tails spin-off who fought crime wearing a purple cape). The absolute joy on her face when we finally found it was special.

Does your daughter have a hidden talent we may not know about?

She is a very logical thinker and understands business.

We love Dad-isms…whether a classic dad joke or great life advice. Since it’s Father’s Day, would you tell us yours?

The only purpose of having money is so that you don’t have to worry about not having money!

 

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