As the daughter of the founder Kathy Bailey, my journey with People Growers began when my mother opened the doors in 1985 and I was able to watch People Growers change and develop as the corporate world started to embrace employee wellness. In 1993, I helped open up our first corporate offices in Los Angeles CA and started creating some of the tools and organizational procedures that are still in place today.
In the year 2000 , I was offered the opportunity to develop the Northwest Division located in Portland Oregon. Within 5 years, the Northwest region was proving to be one of the largest and fastest growing divisions of People Growers and we decided to finally take the People Growers of America name to heart and opened our doors across the country. My mother has since retired and I have had the honor of growing and running the company for the last 2 years. I am very excited by this opportunity and can’t wait to see where we go from here.
I opened the doors of People Growers of America in 1985, as perhaps the very first health fair company in America. It simply seemed inevitable; a college degree in education combined with my first job of managing a string of Jack LaLanne nutrition centers, then a stint in the corporate worker’ comp industry opened my eyes to the crying need for educating America’s workforce in the areas of nutrition and exercise. From the first health fair (“wellness” wasn’t even a word in the dictionary until the 1990s) at Coca Cola, where we hauled out an executive in an ambulance from the blood pressure screening station, and found potential glaucoma in a 45 year old woman, I knew I was on the right road!
In 1999 my daughter Windy opened People Growers Portland division which now hosts programs for industry in the entire northwest and nationally, with clients such as Boeing, Deimler and Nacco contracting our services all over America, year after year.
5000 events later, we are a full-service wellness and safety program consulting and implementation service of impeccable repute, and the wisdom that comes from hard-earned experience. People Growers of America is “the genuine article”, with only one passionate agenda, best embodied in our Mission Statement:
To promote mental and physical health self-responsibility skills,and reverence for life through education, experience and example in the workplace and in our own lives.
I came to People Growers in 2006 to start my new journey into wellness and a mission of promoting preventive medicine. After 16 years in the medical field, watching people fight to beat their illnesses, I knew something had to change. I felt the uncontainable desire to get out in the world and educate people on preventive medicine and early detection. I also wanted to have some fun doing it! That’s when I connected with People Growers. What could be better than planning “Parties with a Purpose”?! I have been able to organize wonderful events for corporations nationwide and use my medical skills to assist with educating employers and employees on the importance of worksite wellness programs. People Growers was started with one woman’s vision to make the workplace a healthy environment and for people to take these tools into their homes and personal lives.
This year I was promoted to National Director and I’m honored to be a key part of the growth and expansion of People Growers.
With over 25years in the restaurant industry, I decided to combine my teaching experience, kitchen knowledge and passion for food to create a very unique position at People Growers. By inspiring healthy choices, we can offer a variety of ways to demonstrate that great taste and good nutrition can go hand in hand. Through cooking demonstrations, culinary classes and Lunch and Learns. I can create a real “farm to table” experience which assists companies in introducing healthy foods and flavors to their employee population.
As People Growers began to grow, my wife asked if I would be interested in expanding my position and join her as People Growers Business Manager. I knew immediately that this would be a perfect way to continue with my culinary career, help our business expand and work side by side with my wife. I’ve really enjoyed working with our corporate clients, meeting our members and traveling around the country.
After 20 years in the sales/retail industry I was looking for a change in my life. As luck would have it, I was laid off in early 2018. After a much-needed rest I discovered People Growers through a friend. Their mission to educate employers and employees on how to improve not only their physical health but also their mental and financial wellness. All these areas hit home with me and I knew I needed to be part of this incredible team! This last year has been a whirlwind of education, travel, and joy. Nothing can compare to watching people walk away from an event with the knowledge on how to better their life. It is incredibly satisfying to know that something I had a hand in creating helped someone. I am looking forward to helping even more people as I continue my journey with People Growers.