Where are you from? Chester, VA
What are your hobbies? Surfing, swimming, basically all water sports. I also love reading and golf.
MEG, ON WORK
Tell us about your career trajectory. My first job was as a swim instructor at the age of 12. I live by the rule “there is no growth in the comfort zone” and have taken major risks in my career. Prior to founding Golden Road, I had very little management experience. Now we have 180 employees! I’ve had to learn on the job and go where the business takes me.
Tell us about some specific moments you believe were game changers in your career. Were there any hard choices you had to make? A specific game-changing moment was my first job in beer. At 23 I went to work for Oskar Blues Brewery in Colorado. Before then I had about a million different jobs. That position, and everything I learned there, changed by career and life.
What’s been your biggest challenge in building your career? The biggest challenge was finding financial partners who believed in this dream as I much as I do. They say 0-1 is the first critical point in building a business. I am so lucky to have partners who let me learn and grow with the company.
MEG, ON LIFE
There are only 24 hours in a day. How do you balance your life? I make sure to carve out time for myself. Whether it's an hour in the pool at Golden Road Aquatics in Burbank or a run around Lake Hollywood, I stay in a routine and stay active.
What do you look to for motivation? To stay motivated I keep the big picture in mind. It also helps to look to my amazing team who are passionate, hard-working and focused. 1+1=5, 100+100=100,000,000!
What are some motivational words you live by?
Good Better Best
Never Let it Rest
Til Your Good is Better
And Your Better’s Best
Any life advice you would now give to your younger self? Be patient.
I can’t go a week without reading The Alchemist
My must-have app is Lilypad (our sales management tool)
When I am exhausted, my favorite way to unwind is to go for a relaxing swim and work on my breathing in the water
Pour me a glass of Citra Bend
You’ll never hear me say “Never”
MEG, ON AELLA
Do you have to dress up for work? I dress up everyday. Because I was named the youngest female brewery owner in the world, I dress up to make sure that my appearance is taken seriously. I think that’s a very important part.
A lot of people in the beer business don’t, and there are a lot of tee shirts and jeans out there in craft beer scene, but I think that it’s something that sets me apart. I take it really seriously as a business and I want to make sure that people understand that from the moment they see me.
When you’re looking for something to wear to work, what’s your priority in what you’re looking for? So, I look for things that are simple and easy to get into. I’m running around a lot and at construction sites. I’m in the back of bars sometimes so it has to be comfortable and not rip and fall apart quickly. I can’t go super high fashion or dainty- it has to be able to last and withstand the movements and craziness of my day.
What were you thinking when you first put on your AELLA pants? What came to mind? I thought, this cant be possible…they can’t look good, too right? Because they are so comfortable. And then I looked in the mirror and was like, “Wow, these are awesome”. I know that they are going to last all day.
How would you describe AELLA to someone who’d never heard of the brand? I would describe AELLA clothing as exactly what the busy working professional woman is looking for. You want to make a great first impression but you also need to go to the boardroom to the back of the bar, and you have to be approachable in every scenario.