Hello JCL!

My dad was a small business owner and entrepreneur, working with the Detroit automotive industry for nearly 50 years. His plant did vacuum metalizing and injection molding for the Big Three, cranking out tens of thousands shiny silver Chrysler logos for sedan dashboards, long plastic swooshes for exterior trim on Ford station wagons and occasionally working with a pal to design, manufacture and market some cool gizmo or gadget. They weren’t called “start-ups” back then. They were just guys with good ideas, a building full of tools and machines, a list of customers and a copy machine.  As a kid, I would ride my bike up to the plant and make five bucks mowing the lawn (which was actually a field of crabgrass and loose rocks) or organize his desk for him. Dad was a Rotarian, contributed to local fundraisers and gave jobs to my siblings and their friends, no matter their skill level or hair length (I had four brothers, teens in the 70s). Long Live Sparling Plastic Industries!

This magazine is all about locally owned businesses.  We love to shop locally, depend on referrals from neighbors, and frequent advertisers who invest in the community (and its magazine). This month, we proudly bring you stories of products made here and businesses that make our community home.

Have a busy month,

Sue

I owe our Johns Creek All-Star Athlete, Vanesa Rubio an apology. Her bio was inadvertently not included in last month’s feature. Meet her now!

Favorite power snack: Trail mix

Hero: My loving & hardworking mother

Sage words: Balancing sports, school, and other things can be a bit difficult. Plan ahead and make yourself a schedule. Doing so can help you be more organized. And lastly, whatever you’re doing have fun.

Good luck charm: My TOMTOM watch, gifted to me by someone I look up to.

“I am a junior and athlete attending Cross Keys High School. I am a member of the swimming, track and field, cross country, and wrestling team in my school. Running being my forte out of them all. One of my proudest memories was coming in 6th place in state for the 1600 meter race! My passion for sports has had a major input in my career choice of wanting to become a physical therapist for athletes. Out of school, I volunteer at an after school program, in my neighborhood, called Presencia . This program provides mentoring, tutoring, and leadership developments to immigrant children. I have had so many wonderful experiences and wish to continue giving back to my community in the future.