Friday, August 01, 2008
By Comi Zervalis Neuburg
Wendy King received the 2008 Small Business Leader of the Year Award from the Coral Springs Chamber of Commerce for outstanding leadership in the community. The organization's mission is to enhance the marketability and profitability of members and to be the voice of business.
Through the Coral Springs Chamber of Commerce, King chairs Leadership Coral Springs, a seven-month program that offers a curriculum to develop community leaders. Members learn how the city operates, and King works with a day captain to organize tours of its various departments and facilities.
"It's almost like a backstage pass to the city, behind the scenes and learning the ins and outs," King said.
King is also on the Board of Directors for the Coral Springs Chamber of Commerce, serving as ambassador to meet and greet new members. She also chaired the ambassador committee.
"I loved chairing that because that's usually the first committee people will be involved in, and everyone is friendly and outgoing," she said.
King also welcomes new members to the Coral Springs / Parkland Haddassah, where she serves on the membership committee.
She has also volunteered at God's Little Acres, a five-acre charitable ranch in Coconut Creek offering a variety of recreational activities for terminally ill and developmentally disabled children, ages 2 to 11. She helps serve food to children and their families, and supervises arts and crafts.
"I love children and think it is a wonderful organization and volunteering there is a good way to give back," King said.
King also received the President's Award for 2008 from the Coral Springs Chapter of the American Business Women's Association. ABWA brings together women of diverse occupations to help them grow personally and professionally through leadership, education, networking support and national recognition. King organized an ABWA Ladies Night Out that served as a fundraising cocktail party and fashion show for the organization. She is also incoming vice president for ABWA.
"I have gained friendships and hope to bring more programs to the organization because I really think women are looking for something,"she said.
Can you tell us about your profession?
My business is a stay-at-home business called Wellness With Wendy / Juice Plus, and I'm always out networking.
I educate people on the prevention of disease through a whole food nutritional concept. There is a link between eating fruits and vegetables in the prevention of degenerative diseases like cancer and heart disease. The FDA has changed the recommended daily allowance for fruits and vegetables from five servings a day to nine to 13 servings. Incidence of these diseases can be reduced by 50 percent or more by consuming fruits and vegetables daily.
Juice Plus is 17 different fruits and vegetables in two capsules, chewables or gummies that are herbicide and pesticide free and contain no sugar, salt or water. It doesn't replace what you're supposed to eat, but bridges the gap between what you do eat and what you should eat.
Data about Juice Plus has been published in 13 medical journals showing that it is bioavailable, repairs DNA and enhances your immune system and the public can read about what medical experts are saying at WellnessWithWendy.com.
Can you tell us about your family?
I have two children. Michael is 24 and works for Trade Station, an online brokerage firm, and my daughter Ali is 21, and works as a floater for Bank Atlantic and is starting her own pet-sitting business. She will even stay over night with pets if requested.
My husband is the reason why I joined the Coral Springs Chamber of Commerce. He started his own moving company, King Moving and Storage, and sent me to the chamber to do the marketing. We used to call ourselves the "Schlepper and the Schmoozer."
Where were you raised?
I grew up in Buffalo, where I was a cheerleader for the Buffalo Bills for three years. It was awesome cheering in front of 82,000 people. I was a cheerleader all through high school and college. You had to try out and it was grueling. There were hundreds of young women and only 32 girls made it. Every year you had to re-try out.
For the audition we had to do an interview, a dance routine, and three cheers that prior girls had choreographed. By my fourth year, I had my second child and it was time to quit.