Ronda owns Trev's Sports Bar & Grill in Eugene. Her restaurant is our Eugene meet up home, and MOBs love the open patio, tasty food, and great service.
Ronda is a mom of three and grandmother of three. “I was a young mom at age 15 and raised three beautiful kids. I wanted to be a nurse however I had kids that I needed to support so I got my CNA and went to work at a local memory care facility,” she says.
Over the next year, she worked her way up becoming the VP of Operations of a large long-term care facility overseeing multiple care facilities in both Oregon and California. In 2008, Ronda partnered with two other women to acquire a 100-bed care facility which she owned and managed for the next eight years. Since she had found success in health care, she never went back to school.
“In 2014 following several life changing events including divorce and the loss of my son Trevor, I decided to end my career in health care and take some time off,” she explains.
Over the next two years, Ronda spent time traveling and rebuilding her life. In the fall of 2016 she decided look for a business to purchase and stumbled across what was then called Sam’s on Franklin (now known as Trev's Sports Bar & Grill). “I have always wanted to own a bar so I thought I’d give it a shot! I am having a great time and can’t wait for the challenges to come,” she says.
Ronda loves the outdoors, backpacking, hiking, running, traveling, CrossFit, and gardening. Some of her most memorable travels are trekking to Everest Base Camp in Nepal and lying on the beach in Belize.
“Currently I am in a wonderful relationship that brings me another child I am honored to be “mommy #2” for. She loves coming into the restaurant for fries and to help with dishes.
Ronda says she doesn’t have a specific mentor, and appreciates the support and relationships she’s built with the local business community. “Everyone has been super supportive and helpful in making this venture successful. I am thankful for each and every one of them and appreciate their faith in me,” she says.
Her biggest business struggle has been finding quality staff as well as learning that you can’t please everyone in the service industry. She loves working for herself because she loves the flexibility and control she has over her own schedule. She also likes the freedom of being able to make the decisions she feels are right for her customers, her staff and herself.
She advises new business owners to do thorough due diligence and to have a realistic business plan. “Include appropriate people (accountant, attorney, etc.) to help you analyze the numbers and provide feedback on your business plan. Talk to others in the industry and research, research, research!”
Ronda’s best referrals are hungry beer drinkers, sports fans, college students, faculty, construction workers, networking groups, families, and everyone in between!
She says her biggest accomplishment is raising her kids as a young mom and becoming a business owner at the age of 32.
She’s excited to be a member of the MOB to show that you can do anything you want and to help other moms realize their potential! “I don’t care about your education, upbringing, money, or social status, if you want it, go make it happen,” she says.
You can find Ronda online at:
Melissa is a full time RN at a medical center in Eugene working in the Medical, Surgical, Orthopedic and Oncology units. She is also working on her health coach certification through IIN (Institute of Integrative Nutrition) and is a Reiki Master.
She describes herself as “animal loving, Golden Girl watching, whiskey drinking, sassy molassy-just living, laughing and loving my way through life.”
She moved from Beaverton to Eugene in 2013, and is married with four kids, a Beagle, and a Siamese cat.
If it sounds like Melissa has a lot going on, that’s because she does! “I do not have a lot of spare time, but do enjoy working in my garden, driving around in Truck Norris, going for family walks, doing yoga, and sometimes using my gym membership,” she says.
In addition to her work as a nurse, Melissa is also a representative for Plexus. Brandy says she discovered Plexus after years of being sick. “I had just left my ex-husband for domestic violence with our two babies while in nursing school and working full time-that had to be why I was so sick. But then I remarried, graduated, passed my NCLEX (thank goodness!) and got a good job. Yet, I was still as sick as ever. IBS like symptoms, not able to maintain a healthy weight and frequent bouts of bronchitis.”
Despite seeking help through traditional medical sources, she wasn’t able to find answers. “My doctor just wanted to prescribe medications and write me off as a "stressed-out Mom,” she explains.
A friend introduced her to Plexus in 2015 and she was impressed with the results. “For the first time in years I was able to keep food in. Life changer!”
Although she was already working two jobs at the time, she decided she wanted to be a part of Plexus also. “I have a small team that is growing steadily. We all have a passion for helping people reach their health and wellness goals and most of my teammates are healthcare professionals,” she explains.
Melissa lives in Eugene, but has clients all over the United States. Her ideal client is someone who is motivated to work toward health and fitness goals and willing to work on the underlying issues instead of quick fix.
She loves working for herself and the flexibility it gives her – whether that is working from her phone while relaxing in the hot tub or while waiting for her kids at a dental appointment.
Melissa advises other direct sales representatives to find a niche that you are passionate about. “Surround yourself with those that love and support you unconditionally and forget the haters (it's a reflection on their character, not yours).”
Her struggle is a familiar one to anyone who works for a direct sales company. “There is the stigma that is attached to it. I don't do this business for the money; I already have a good job. I do it because I am passionate about helping people and want to help others get healthy in a holistic way.”
Melissa mentions helping her grandma find non-pharmaceutical relief of her fibromyalgia pain through Plexus as one of her greatest accomplishments. She has also been able to help a friend improve his health. “He's like a new man! Happy, smiling and healthy!”
She also loves being a MOB Alliance member. “I love being part of a group of women that encourages and goes out of their way to help you whether it is for your business or personal life. I've made some great new friends! Going to the meet ups has forced me to get out of my comfort zone-though I still talk way too fast when my turn comes around,” she says.
You can find Melissa online at:
Facebook: Melissa's Pinkalicious Page