Heidi Strand

Heidi Strand

Co-owner and Co-founder

“How people treat you is their karma; how you react is yours.” — Wayne Dyer

Strategic, Communication, Ideation, Activator, Adaptability

I graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1995 with a self-designed B.S. degree in Business Management and Industrial-Organizational Psychology. Most people find that hard to say and much less interesting to read.

My first job out of college was with Target Headquarters … in the men’s underwear department. It was that humbling experience that led me to work for Kinko’s as a recruiter for several years. Anxious to move up the proverbial career ladder, but not sure about my next step, I quit the recruiting job and convinced my husband to also put in his two-week’s notice. We cleared our heads by traveling for a month throughout Europe and Hawaii. After which, a family seemed in order, so we moved back to my hometown here in Oshkosh, Wis., to be near the rest of my crazy relations.

It wasn’t long after I began as the Marketing Director for the Opera House Foundation that I realized life would never be the same; I was going to be a mom. Today, my life is filled with year-round bleacher sitting, musical rehearsal chaperoning and teenage driving—in addition to working side-by-side with my business partner and an amazing team of talented people.

 

Favorite Adult Beverage

Chardonnay (oaked) followed immediately by a Vodka Gimlet with olives

Bucket List Item

Travel the world, including visiting an elephant sanctuary, spending time in a Buddhist monastery, riding a camel through the Sahara and helping combat HIV in Africa.

Pet Peeve

Poor tippers

Foodie

Yes! Indian, Thai, Mediterranean … you name it! I love to cook and am passionate about organic and locally grown foods.

Three Adjectives That Describe Me

Opinionated. Loud. Honest.

Who I Would Like To Have Dinner With (Live, Dead Or Fictional)

Richard Branson or Warren Buffet. I think both are amazing visionaries, and I would love the opportunity to pick their brains and garner greater insight into their thorough processes.

Favorite Games

“May I” (a competitive card game) and SCRABBLE

Favorite Holiday

The 4th of July—Because sitting outside in the beautiful weather and looking to the sky with family, friends and food is my perfect evening.