Brandon Ford

Skin Care Brand & Business Consultant in Akron, Ohio

My superpower is creating ways for others to create.

My passion is in helping skincare, specialty food / beverage and fashion businesses find their voice, build beautiful brands and develop unique products / designs, in a way that is authentic to them as entrepreneurs, but resonates with their audience.

I took the scenic route to my current gig. I'm a nurse and lawyer by training, but came to the realization that my creative energies weren't being properly fed. As a result, I started my own business in 2012-Vintage TeaWorks, a specialty tea company that creates custom blended luxury teas inspired by wine. VTW was featured in magazines across the nation, including InStyle and Good Housekeeping and sold around the world. We were awarded New Product of the Year 2012 at the World Tea Expo and I was named Honorary Tea Master by the Australian Tea Masters Association.

Skincare /beauty and fashion are intrinsically linked to my creative flow and I've naturally gravitated to this space because of my work in specialty food. Understanding patterns, colors, textures and the senses are required in each. Taken together with understanding the entrepreneur mindset, I've found a space that has allowed me to help develop new products, launch beautiful brands and help entrepreneurs succeed. I’m currently working with a specialty skincare ingredient company helping their customers build brands.

My scenic route also included some pit stops:

- An Advanced Certificate in Wine and Spirits from the London based Wine & Spirits Education Trust (WSET) and a special Certificate as a Spanish Wine Educator.

- Certified Tea Blender through the International Tea Education Institute

- Master Business Administration - Finance and Marketing

I am a yogi and enjoy the occasional (everyday) glass of bubbly.

  • Education
    • Juris Doctorate
    • Master Business Administration
    • Certified Tea Blender
    • Advanced Certificate Wine & Spirits
    • WSET