Leslie graduated with her Bachelors of Science in Textile Fiber and Polymer Engineering from Georgia Tech. She spent 8.5 years working for a large, fortune 500, home-improvement company’s corporate office. She was an import product merchant for the flooring category and the global product merchant for tile.
In 2007 Leslie started her own business in commercial maintenance, which would later provide funding towards forming a new company where she would capitalize on her many years of merchandising, product development, and inventory management (within the flooring industry) to create product assortment, ongoing product development, innovation, logistics and distribution model.
In 2015, Leslie was presented with an innovative, new, and stylish/decor surfacing product called Thin Stone. She recognized the amazing functionality of the product, it’s features and benefits, and it appealed to her sense of style and design. She recognized the potential business opportunity of bringing this new creative product into the marketplace and Bella CORE was formed. She set up Bella CORE with a similar business structure as her first company (with centralizing the company’s administrative functions).
Leslie has been able to pull from her engineering degree/education and its emphasis on manufacturing, polymers, and engineering in general to influence the product development and evolution of all Bella CORE products.
Leslie raises triplet boys, who are now in the double digits, and has two stepsons in their 20’s. Creating a healthy work and life balance while participating in her sons’ extracurricular activities and grooming them for the future, has been her main goal throughout her journey of entrepreneurship. Owning her two companies and being available for her family as well, keeps her on her toes, but she succeeds with grace. She wants to inspire her children and everyone around her that with a deep faith in God, strong work ethic, outside of the box thinking, determination and perseverance, anything can be achieved.