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147: David and Suzanne Solomon of Uphill House B&B

David and Suzanne Solomon of Uphill House B&B

A little about our guests. 

David and Suzanne Solomon are the prequel to Episode 146, Samantha and Scott Darling, the other owners of Uphill House B&B. Sam is the daughter of David and Suzanne.

David and Suzanne have been together 36 years and married for 35. They have 2 daughters, one of whom is their business partner.

David and Suzanne enjoy traveling the back roads and exploring together. Growing up in the Midwest, they had retired from full-time work before starting a new adventure as entrepreneurs.

A little about their business.

David and Suzanne were both retiring when Sam approached them to become partners in Uphill House Bed & Breakfast. In over 35 years of marriage, this was their first time in business together.

David works at the visitor center in Gordonsville, VA in addition to being the head of tourism for the B & B. Suzanne, along with daughter, Sam, is in charge of Culinary Operations and Housekeeping. Suzanne also enjoys working outside in the yard.

Before retiring, Suzanne was a hospital administrator and medical consultant. David worked in various leadership roles for two major Fortune 500 companies.

Both are enjoying their new career.

One piece of advice (the nutshell version)

Always speak your mind. Don’t let things fester. Keep lines of communication open. Be a great listener and be empathetic.

Reading Material

Malcolm Gladwell

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146: Samantha & Scott Darling of Uphill House B&B

Samantha & Scott Darling of Uphill House B&B

A little about our guests. 

Samantha (Sam) and Scott Darling are history and travel buffs who spent a few years nomadic before opening the Uphill House B&B.

Scott is a graduate of New Mexico State University and Sam went to Ole Miss. They met in Arkansas while serving in the education corps. In 2012, Sam got the bug to become an entrepreneur and settled on a B&B in Virginia.

Sam and Scott are craft beer enthusiasts and love Virginia for their many craft beer breweries. The B&B is also located in the middle of wine country, so Scott and Sam have been working long and hard learning about the art of wine. They’ve also begun to explore a love of whiskey.

When they aren’t sleeping indoors, Scott and Sam enjoy camping along with hiking, kayaking, biking, and rock climbing. They also love to travel and enjoy the fact that with business partners they can really trust (Sam’s parents) they have plenty of opportunities to see the world.

A little about their business.

After meeting and traveling around for the education corps from 2007 to 2014, Scott and Sam decided to settle down and open a business. Sam began to research possible businesses for her and Scott in 2012.

When Sam discussed some ideas with her parents, now also their business partners, David and Suzanne, they were interested in starting something new. In fact, the idea of a Bed & Breakfast was actually Suzanne’s.

The B&B was built in 2010 and purchased by Sam, Scott, Suzanne, and David in 2014. A more modern B&B, Uphill House sits in the middle of the history of the beginning of the United States. Sam and Suzanne serve as Culinary Operations and Housekeeping, Scott does Maintenance and Finance, and David is all things Tourism.

Together all four help with Marketing, Advertising, and Landscape/Yard Work. Scott and Sam have taken the concept of Together 24/7 and added a whole new layer to it.

One piece of advice (the nutshell version)

Don’t marry someone you don’t enjoy spending time with.

It’s OK to disagree, but you have to be open and respectful enough to say what you need to say.

Get in Touch with Our Guests

Facebook – /UphillHouseBB
Instagram – UphillHouseBB
Twitter – @UphillHouseBB

145: Nina Holmes and Mike Stemple of Inspirer

Nina Holmes and Mike Stemple of Inspirer

A little about our guests. 

Nina and Mike have founded and built over 2 dozen companies between them. Nina and Mike met when Mike was mentoring Nina as she started up her new eCommerce business. Working together, they fell in love and Nina decided to join Mike in launching the new Inspirer.

Both Nina and Mike enjoy traveling and reading. They are artists, Mike with a brush and Nina with a camera. Nina is the surfing and tennis gal while Mike is a sponsored endurance athlete. He proudly served in the US Army.

With all their success, the greatest joy came for Nina and Mike when they found each other and found someone to share success with.

A little about their business.

Inspirer does just that – it inspires. Mike is the Ideator and Nina is the marketing and customer guru. She is involved in the design and marketing strategy and is involved in every customer and potential customer touchpoint.

Mike helps individuals and businesses discover, design, build and monetize unique ideas using a proprietary ideation process he developed.

One piece of advice (the nutshell version)

Communication is the only way you can feel comfortable to be in business with the one you love.

Be tolerant, accepting, and open to your partner’s point of view.

Reading Material

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
Marketing: A Love Story: How to Matter to Your Customers by Bernadette Jiwa

Get in Touch with Our Guests

Twitter – @ninanoelle
Twitter @mikestemple
Facebook – IAmAInspirer