In honor of National Entrepreneurship month this November, Paradise Valley Community College would like to recognize and celebrate the many successes and contributions of our PVCC Alumni entrepreneurs.
Kyle Kacerek credits much of his entrepreneurial success to his path through PVCC and the college’s Honors and Emerging Leaders programs. Shaping him into the leader he is today, these two programs played an integral part in developing him both personally and professionally. Six years ago, Kyle started Prest Coffee Drive Thru, a successful drive-through coffee shop in Tucson near the University of Arizona where he finished his bachelor’s degree. He has two employees and considers his growing business a part of the fabric of the Tucson community. Kyle, who has spent years volunteering for the Sierra Club, loves backpacking and the outdoors, and is focused on making sure Prest is environmentally friendly and sustainable. http://www.bestcoffeeintucson.com/
Alex Affronti and Marissa Fedeli are best friends. The two always knew they wanted to work together with dogs, so after earning their respective degrees at PVCC and working for others, their love for their furry friends inspired them to team up and start One Love Pet Parlour. Based in North Phoenix, the grooming shop has been in business since 2019 and is thriving so much, they’ve even added a third groomer to their team. At One Love Pet Parlour, the ladies believe that love, patience, and education are the keys to a pet’s happiness. https://onelovepetparlor.com/
Shark Tank Bound
Josie launched her company in the midst of a global pandemic and gained positive results almost immediately. The education grad combined her two passions, education and entrepreneurship, and formed Sitters Select, which offers babysitting, tutoring, pet sitting and house sitting. The majority of her employees are PVCC education students and graduates, and she collaborates regularly with the education departments at PVCC, ASU and GCU. She would eventually like to franchise her company and appear on NBC’s Shark Tank. https://www.sittersselect.com/
F.O.X.Y. Event Planner
The Foxfire Events founder is a first generation college graduate, owning several businesses before starting her event planning and entertainment company 10 years ago. Foxfire has found huge success in business networking, conferencing, corporate team building and workshops, and social events. https://foxfireeventsrock.com/
Developing Future Leaders
Adam Wong describes PVCC as the catalyst that launched his education, earning his associate’s degree, and later returning to college to achieve his bachelor’s and master’s. Adam also met his wife and business partner Amber at PVCC. Today, the couple run a business consulting company, Rockstar Workforce, specializing in hiring, operations and leadership development. https://rockstarworkforce.com/
Food Truck Warriors
With dreams of becoming a chef, Tom D’Ambrosio began his education at PVCC along with his high school friend Kyle Hollenbeck. These good friends combined Tom’s cooking skills with Kyle’s math, business and marketing brains to form Aioli Burgers Food Truck. Since then the foodies have added Oakwood Fire Pizza and Modern Tortilla to their food truck line-up here in the Valley. They now have two brick and mortar sites and one set-in! https://www.aioliburger.com/food-truck-2/
Sisters Lend Community Support
Dynamic sister duo Yohanna Wendt and Lysette Hill have committed their lives to easing the burden of life’s stresses. Sister Power is an online presence focused on supporting the community through all stages of life; immune system support, managing emotions, environmental stewardship, financial management, and education. For the pandemic specifically, the two created immune supporting, home cleaning kits which they distributed throughout the community. Lysette and Yohanna are regular participants in PVCC's Festival of Tales where they share ways to promote learning in children through the use of essential oils.
Tell us your story! If you would like to be featured amongst our alumni or entrepreneurial stories, please reach out to Cecile Babich Marrow in PVCC’s Office of Development, Alumni and Community Relations, firstname.lastname@example.org.