We had the good fortune of connecting with Sarah Jarrett and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Sarah, what do you attribute your success to?
Our success is due to our team. We use this term a bit broadly as it includes not only our valued employees but also family, friends, spouse, networks, our community – heck down to the lovely bodega owner that would give us our first-of-the-day cafe con leche. As business owners, we have a large team. This ecosystem has led to our success in the 30+ years we have been operating as a family-owned small business founded by our father, Dr. Jose Rigoberto Perez Diaz.
In that time frame, we have had team members that have worked with us for 15+ years. Team members celebrated our personal and professional milestones from quinceaneras to pandemics, weddings to recessions, the team we built, and company culture have been a driving force to our success.
When the pandemic hit, our team was ready and willing to work in any way possible to make sure our clients received the necessary support and to make sure the company that supports us all was able to keep the lights on. We as leaders can continue to trust and look for ways that can create an even more significant positive impact in the lives of our team, clients, and the ecosystem at large. We are currently doing that by undertaking a new extensive rebrand that will help us further position our brand to make a sustainable impact. Allowing us to continue supporting causes that we are passionate about, like food justice in historically marginalized and underserved communities. To lean into the cliche, teamwork truly does make the dream work!
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
So much! I love to develop new business ideas. Currently, I am growing our nutritional supplement company SALUD, and I am a Graduate Student Dietitian. I am also working on a business and wellness podcast for underrepresented entrepreneurs. So stay tuned for Savvy Sector!
As a leader, I give our team a lot of freedom and autonomy. I work based on projects completed and tasks done. I am not interested in how long it takes you to complete a task. That level of freedom helps me see the team’s true colors quickly and lets me assess how to lead successfully. I can create a personal relationship with each team member. A relationship that is focused on growth and is honest and dedicated. We become accountable to one another, and I appreciate that. Using servant leadership to empower our team has directly impacted the quality of work that we do in creating unique products and community events that support our clients and the community at large. We trust each other and know that by working together, we are working towards a greater cause of supporting the health of those who need it most.
I am most proud of growing our father’s legacy in innovative ways that not only continue to help our community but focus on empowering our clients and community to have agency over their health functionally. Health is the ultimate currency. Without our health, we can’t accomplish our goals. What we’ve seen is never about offering one product or one holistic approach. Our community is diverse, and we get to be innovative in honoring that diversity as we grow. Being able to grow with this mindset to expand this 30-year-old legacy alongside my sister, understanding that we both see a clear future and that we will continue to impact our community positively, is the reason why I get up every morning to run this company.
As a professional, it most definitely has not been easy. Every day we are faced with new challenges. They’re evergreen; they’re constantly there. The real difference is the size of the challenge varies, and after doing this for almost a decade, you learn to decipher what challenges are the priority. Mix that discernment with A LOT of prayers, and that is how we make it through as business owners. Prayer allows us to keep the faith and know that whatever challenges we face, we will overcome them.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Well, to be honest, since moving down to Miami as a new mom and then the pandemic hit, it has been tough to explore too much. However, there are a few things I love to do when we can! First, taking the kids out to the beaches in Miami is always a lot of fun. So definitely check out any of the beaches in South Florida. The ones in Key Biscayne are great for families as there are few waves and lots of space to play! After that, I would suggest finding something to eat. Coconut Grove is a go-to as it has lots of options in a few block radius. Start by trying out Lokal for some delicious burgers and grab dessert at Fireman Derek’s. Their pies are amazing!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My family, without a doubt. They are incredibly supportive in pursuing my goals and quick to ground me if ever I get off course. Their sacrifice is my motivation always to give my best and continue to grow in all of my endeavors.
Instagram: @sarahperezjarrett – @saludbydr.rigo @lasentrepreneurs @savvysector
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