Spotlight: Jeanne Rappa, Owner Edible Arrangements® #219 Hamilton, NJ
Owning a small business was destiny for Edible Arrangements® Franchisee, Jeanne Rappa. A lifelong New Jersey native, Jeanne came from a long line of entrepreneurs including her parents and grandparents. This month, Jeanne is celebrating 10 years as owner of Edible Arrangements® in Hamilton, NJ.
Jeanne began her career in the US Army, and then spent several years in the programming field working in telecommunications, public utilities and insurance. Destiny stepped in when an Edible Arrangements® fruit arrangement was delivered to a party she was attending. “When I saw the reaction of the party guests to the arrangement, I grabbed the hang tag from the arrangement and called EA Corporate Headquarters. Within 10 days I was at a Discovery Day presentation and I decided immediately that I wanted to be part of this growing enterprise.”
Spotlight: Aislinn A. Smith, Owner Edible Arrangements® #215 Poughkeepsie, NY
Aislinn Smith and her team at Edible Arrangements® in Poughkeepsie, NY is celebrating 10 years of serving up fresh fruit treats to the Hudson Valley. She was first introduced to Edible Arrangements® when a former colleague ordered an arrangement for an event at the nursing home where she was working at the time. After admiring the response the arrangement got, she started on the road to opening her first Edible Arrangements® franchise in 2005.
The team at Edible Arrangements® of Poughkeepsie was awarded the Edible Arrangements® Northeast Region Pineapple Star Award for exceeding customer expectations and providing superior product quality. Additionally, Aislinn received the Always There Making a Difference Award in 2012 for all of the work she does in the Ulster and Dutchess County communities.
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