Meet the Staff
Autumn Blum - Founder of Organix-South
Autumn is a graduate of Eckerd College with a B.S. in Organic Chemistry, and minored in Environmental Geology. While working for other companies and as a consultant, she learned many intricacies of formulating cosmetics using natural ingredients. She was making natural herbal products for other companies until she began working with the little known Neem tree, and in 1998, Autumn incorporated Organix-South. She emphasizes natural ingredients, using her knowledge of Neem and other medicinal plants to create therapeutic skin care and aromatic herbal supplements which she manufactures and distributes globally under the TheraNeem, TheraVeda and other private label brands. As an alternative to the cosmetic industry's "cost-consciousness" and lack of environmental concern, Autumn offers the world a vision that embraces organics, product efficacy and company ethics over pure profit. She now serves as VP of her division, Organix-South, currently the top manufacturer world-wide of premium Neem products.
Dr.Shrikrishna G. Phadke - Formulator and Medical Advisor
Dr. Phadke is an Ayurvedic Physician with an advanced doctorate degree. With more than forty years experience in Ayurveda, he served for 25 years as dean of one of the world's first Ayurvedic Medical Schools and is a member of the Central Council of Indian Medicine, which oversees Ayurvedic medicine in India. He is recognized as an expert and has presented numerous papers on Ayurveda at national and international conferences in India, Germany, France and Italy. Coming from a long line of Ayurvedic practitioners, he is the son of Govind A. Phadke, a noted Vaidic scholar in Ayurveda who also served as the dean of the Ayurvedic Institute and who wrote a series of well known books on Ayurvedic therapeutics and principles. The Phadke family's tradition of education continues with this new initiative integrating traditional Ayurvedic wisdom with modern science and technology.
Barbara Monk - Graphic Designer
Barbara’s experience and knowledge in the graphic design and marketing field spans over 25+ years and is backed by passion, vision and self-motivation. She has been a creative lead for several organizations as well as her own graphic studio. Her employment and client list spans a wide range of industries - publishing, career development, gaming, healthcare, etc.
Originally from Florida, Barbara returned to the central Florida area after living and working in Southern California for 20+ years.
Barbara is a family person, loves the outdoors, hiking and exploring natures miracles.
Faith Connelly - Buyer and Smooth Operator
Faith understands the business of supplements, natural health and herbal products, because she has lived it for the last 20 years. She has worked as a manager for Whole Foods and other large independent stores as well as in smaller, community based stores. While Faith has expert management, leadership and financial skills, she also knows firsthand how much each customer matters. It is these reality based personal skills, combined with her technical wisdom that makes Faith an asset and a resource to us at Organix-South, as well as to all of our customers. She has worked one on one with customers on sale day, besides having been the buyer, planning sales and setting shelves. Faith keeps things together at our company, and although she’s officially our Buyer and Purchasing Agent, she has been lovingly titled our 'Smooth Operator'.
Jimmy Hubbard – Warehouse/Production Manager
Jimmy is our main man who keeps the products in stock and of the highest quality. He came to us from Nestle a few years back with lots of experience in high speed lean manufacturing and quality control. He is an orderly man who gives his 108% during the week and loves anything involving the outdoors or salt water on the weekends. Jimmy must have flip flops, water and a fishing pole in hand on the weekends!
Teri Graves – Account Executive Beautiful Collection
When you call and hear that bright and cheerful southern accent on the phone, that's Teri! Yes, she really is from south Florida! Teri does a little of this and a little of that, and is definitely the go to woman when you need something accomplished. She also tries to keep everyone focused and in line (her nickname here is Momma T)! Teri has more than 10 years administrative experience in Local Government. Since being with Organix-South, she has realized the importance of going organic. When a position opened in our sales department, it was with reluctant excitement that we relinquished her as office manager. Teri is now taking the same nurturing care she gave our staff to our customers. She is also active within her community and involved in other local groups. Teri is a Mom first and foremost, and loves spending time at the beach, camping, boating and just being with family and friends.
Betty Croy - Office Coordinator
Betty began working with Organix in 2009 as our Office Coordinator. She came to us from Economic Development with a strong background in public relations. Betty loves to share her passion for everything Neem with anyone who has taken an interest in healthy living. Sunrises and sunsets are her favorite things aside from family and her fun-loving fellow employees. "I feel truly blessed to be able to promote the benefits of Neem."
Jennifer Kleinman - Account Executive Beautiful Collection
Jennifer is a self proclaimed “Crunchy Momma” to her beautiful boys, Kody and Jackson. Jen and her husband are raising their children in the most natural way possible. She loves to sew and knit, and in her spare time (yes, this full time Sales Coordinator and mother of two young boys actually has spare time!) enjoys making organic cotton baby wraps that she sells on ebay and etsy (www.rockerbybaby.etsy.com). Jen moved to Florida in 2004 from Cincinnati, where she worked as a sales manager for a candle company. Jen also hosts a website called www.allformommies.com - a group of amazing women all across the country that just happen to be mommies.
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Bowling Green, FL33834
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