Today we’d like to introduce you to Lydia Kowalsky and Amanda Ingwers.
Lydia, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I am from a small town in Southeast Texas and have continually aspired to set new goals and achieve big things. Leaving my small town to attend Pepperdine University in California was the first major step I took outside of my comfort zone. Looking back on that decision, I am so glad that I took that initial leap of faith. Without doing so, I certainly would not have ended up where I am today.
After graduating from Pepperdine, I was lucky to start working for a fashion recruiting agency. There, I made lifelong friendships and found an amazing mentor with whom I still keep in contact with today. The cutthroat nature of recruiting was not something I was akin to, so I started looking for new opportunities with a more creative and design-oriented focus. Eventually, I found a position within the luxury event industry. It was in this role that I knew I had found my calling. Working in the event industry, I was able to use both the business and creative sides of my mind. Still, a part of me still knew that something was missing from the equation.
Inspired by other women’s success stories, along with the experience I gained and my love for entertaining and interior design, I set out to create my own dream and path to success. Greystone Table was my opportunity to take my passions in life and turn them into something I could share with others and grow.
I met Amanda through my husband. Her brother is one of my husband’s closest friends. She is a California native growing up in both Orange County and the Napa Valley. Amanda attended Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and started her career in the consumer packaged goods (CPG) industry. For about ten years, she specialized in CPG marketing, advertising, and brand awareness. However, while Amanda enjoyed certain aspects of her job, she hit a point where she knew she needed a change. Similar to my experience, Amanda wanted the ability to be more creative and fulfilled with her work.
Around the same time, Amanda was looking for a career change, I reached out with this crazy idea to start our own business. Amanda is one of the most tenacious and determined people I have ever met, and I knew we would make a great team if we started this journey together. With shared passions and the same goals in mind, we decided to take the plunge. Fast forward two years later, and here we are!
Has it been a smooth road?
One of our biggest challenges was taking the first step. It can be hard to take that leap of faith. It is stressful, exciting, you do not get much sleep, and you feel very vulnerable. Not only is it hard to start a business, with a partnership it takes time to find where each of your strengths lies and build a strong relationship. With just the two of us, there is a never-ending list of things to get done. From business development and finances to sales and working events, we do everything. Our task lists never seem to shrink (which is a good thing!), but it takes a lot of work to keep things on track. We have never worked so hard in our lives, but it is so rewarding at the end of the day. It is definitely not easy. Trusting yourself and your decisions take time and practice and having support and encouragement from family and friends also helps a lot too!
So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the Greystone Table story. Tell us more about the business.
Greystone Table is a high-end, luxury tableware rental company based out of Los Angeles, California. Our tableware collections of chargers, dinnerware, flatware and glassware can be described as modern, organic, and minimalist in design. We service every type of event such as weddings, showers, private parties, corporate events, and film/television productions. We get the opportunity to source, create, and incorporate collections that truly reflect our own personal style, and take pride in offering pieces that differ from what is currently offered in the rental market.
How do you think the industry will change over the next decade?
The events industry is always changing as there are so many outside influences. The way people celebrate, current design trends, the influence of social media and technology all play a role in the way our industry shifts. We are seeing that more people want to have thoughtful events that focus on their attendees, while creating never-before-seen, beautiful, memorable moments. We do our best to always be on top or ahead of what is next in the industry, and to continue to build our business to adapt to the changes.
- Website: www.greystonetable.com
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: www.instagram.com/greystonetable
- Facebook: www.facebook.com/greystonetable
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