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Club E Digital with Heather Manley – Lessons from a Serial Entrepreneur
January 8, 2021 at 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Club E will be joined by Heather Manley to discuss her path as a serial entrepreneur and how she’s been able to run multiple companies simultaneously while making time to give back through volunteering.
Heather purchased On-Demand Group (ODG), a technology consulting company and family business, in 2008 with her brother, Sean Manley. They have since led the organization through significant growth and expanded ODG’s business clientele to reach global markets by offering offshore solutions in Southeast Asia. Under their leadership, this global business has generated over $150M in revenue since 2008. She attributes their growth to their outstanding team and sticking to their mission of partnering with clients who align with their morals and ethics and appreciate transparency, honestly and partnership. WBENC certified since 2008, ODG provides technology resources for individual and project consulting, contract to hire and direct hire needs as well as offshore services.
In 2013, Heather founded Crooked Water Spirits, an award-winning national spirits line that produces unique craft spirits, including bourbons, gins, vodkas, brandy and ready-to-pour Old Fashioned, Boulevardier & Negroni. As a certified Whiskey Sommelier, all recipes are made in-house by Heather. These “Spirits of the North” can be found in 7 states and over 500+ liquor stores, restaurants and airlines, gathering over 60 awards nationally. Focused on innovation, quality and the experience, CWS looks to scale with integrity and high value, while remaining 100% owned and self-funded by Heather. CWS continues to grow over 20% per year with strategic partnerships and has been WBENC certified since 2014.
Heather owns Heather’s Dirty Goodness, a boutique spice company with products, sold in Kowalski stores and online, focused on low salt and high flavor. WBENC certified since 2013.
Heather volunteers her time and energies to advance the economic development interests & opportunities in Minnesota. Currently President of the Burnsville Rotary and on the Board of Directors for the Animal Human Society. Heather also served as the Board President for the National Association of Women Business Owners MN, from 2011-2014, where she helped establish the MN Women Business Owners Hall of Fame.