Leslie HaywoodHi! I am Leslie Haywood, inventor of Grill Charms™, the absolute “must have” grilling accessory that is revolutionizing the American cook-out. My vision is to see Grill Charms™ as prominent in the American household as the wine charm.
So, who am I and what makes me qualified to undertake and succeed at such a monumental task? Well, the short answer is: nobody told me that I couldn’t! (And even if they did, I wouldn’t listen anyway.) I worked for corporate America until I had our first daughter and left a fantastic company and wonderful career to be a stay-at-home mom. I didn’t mean to throw myself head first back into business, but I just couldn’t help myself.
While sitting down to eat at a dinner party I was hosting, my husband served me an extra hot Jamaican Jerk piece of chicken instead of a mild one because he had forgotten which pieces were which. After this very memorable and very spicy light bulb moment in April 2006 I have felt what I can only describe as a compulsion to insure every American gets what they want – how they want it – hot off the grill.
I have tried very hard to balance family (passion #1) and business (passion #2). I hope to make our two daughters proud one day, and even though I am making some sacrifices now (trying not to make too terribly many as they are only babies once), I hope that in the future they can look at what I have done and know that their opportunities are limited only by their dreams.
Oh yeah… one last part of “who I am”. I am a Survivor. I was diagnosed with breast cancer in June 2006, had a bilateral mastectomy in August of 2006 during the middle of all the start-up stuff involved with launching a company, and now, two reconstructive procedures later, I’m better than ever! The scars never let me forget so I feel I must mention it, but it by no means defines who I am; it’s just another facet to the ever complex and changing person that is first and foremost “Mommy”. Thank you so much for your time and interest in Grill Charms and Charmed Life Products.
Founder and President
Charmed Life Products LLC