When it comes to knowing Leeanne, there are three things that come across to mind: Personality, Passion and Professionalism. That was my experience more than 10 years ago when I first met her and these values still hold true today. Her personality shines through once you've had a chance to connect with her. Warmth and thoughtfulness are the attributes that shine whether you are having a conversation with her or collaborating with her.
Her passion and knowledge about baby and toddler products (even though her own child is all grown up) is unparalleled in the ever changing baby/toddler products industry. This comes through by her attention to the details and the people behind the products. Her perspective is an asset in this highly competitive industry.
Professionalism is what Leeanne has demonstrated time and time again. Working with her, she has shown tremendous grace even while under pressure. Countless times she has always pull through and deliver when it mattered. I'm excited and proud to be working with Leeanne in this venture.
About Sam (from Leeanne's perspective).
Sam is the tech brains behind MIK+MAT. He moves at lightning speed and has the patience of Job. Before I fully express an idea, Sam is already clicking away at the keyboard and saying, "Hey, I just sent you something so check it out!" Voila. Just like that, he has already sourced or researched essential information.
Choosing a business partner is scary. Will I let this person down? Will it affect our friendship? Do we share a common vision? I had a lot of 'what ifs' but I knew I didn't need a clone of myself as a business partner. I needed someone who brought something else to the table: a tech and financially savvy, detail oriented, calm and level headed person. Sam pushes me out of my comfort zone and keeps me focused and on track. Everyone should have a Sam in their life.
Sam is a devoted husband and father, and has been my friend and mentor for the past ten years. Many times, I find myself saying, "What would Sam say?" He has years of Sales and Marketing experience and is such an amazing entrepreneur. We first started working together when Sam looked at my old website and gave me constructive feedback. Initially I was scared, scared of change, of learning something new, but I knew he was right and over the years, I have valued his advice and feedback. Fast forward to now and this joint venture of ours: a website that offers carefully and thoughtfully curated items for babies, kids and parents, a venture we've been talking about for over five years, an idea born from our shared passion of sourcing products for families that are safe, useful and have an interesting story.
At MIK+MAT, we take the guesswork out of buying gifts for a most precious event: the birth of a child. We have carefully picked items that speak to us, have a story and a function at every stage. Life can get overwhelming and we want to make it easy for you to choose the perfect gifts and products for little ones.