Hello everyone. Just wanted to take a quick second and thank all of you for visiting my site. It is a real honor to be able to tell you the tales of Pablo. My company, Viva Pablo, has been in business for over 20 years and has become a global powerhouse. It didn’t start that way of course.
I began my career in the importer/exporter field back in 1998. I worked as a traveling salesman in San Antonio, TX. I flew all over the world. For a young man, this was a great adventure. I remember riding Elephants in India on the way to a spice traders palace. So exciting. This is where I fell in love with spices…but more on that later. I worked for this company for 5 solid years. It was truly a great adventure. But then I met Sandra and figured it was time to settle down. We got married, bought a house in Norman, OK, and had a child. I was the happiest person on earth.
While living in Norman, Oklahoma I bounced around from sales job to sales job and never really found anything I felt passionate about. I would spend a lot of sleepless nights thinking about all the wonderful places in the world I was able to travel to. Wouldn’t it be great if I found a way to combine my love for spices, travel, and my family all into one package. I thought long and hard and decided to open up my own spice store in downtown Norman. I was going to sell rare spices from all over the world. I already knew a lot about the industry and had several contacts worldwide. I was able to secure a business loan, and open up my shop. I quickly filled the store with spices from all over the world and business was good. Pablo’s Spices was the name of the store. Simple but effective.
I worked my butt off at the spice shop in order to provide for my family. The money was alright, but the time and effort I was putting in just didn’t seem to be worth it. I needed something bigger, something “global”. I wasn’t sure what I was going to do…at all. I spent another few years banging it out at the spice shop. And then I got the idea that would change my life forever. You’ll have to stand by for the next post to see what that great idea was….sorry.