As a child, many of my most cherished memories include popcorn. Growing up, my family loved spending simple evenings snuggled on the couch watching movies, gathered around a big bowl of fresh-popped popcorn. We always made sure to pack our popcorn popper on our camping trips and a huge bag of popcorn for the road when we would head north to go snow skiing. Once I hit high school and my friends became an extended family we would spend many Friday nights sprawled across my living room floor watching scary movies. Shortly after the opening scene we would catch whiffs of butter drifting in from the kitchen followed by the 'POP!' 'POP!' of the first few kernels exploding in the heat. Not long after, Dad would come parading in with stacks of bowls filled with fluffy kernels of popcorn and an assortment of seasonings for us to dress our snacks in.
From the time I was young up to my freshman year, studying entrepreneurship at Indiana University, I had always felt a desire to create a business of my own. My dad, a business owner himself, was always my biggest inspiration and supporter. We would spend evenings together on the phone discussing potential business ideas when, one day inspiration struck.