As a project engineer for 20 years at UPS, Melvin Rodriguez never dreamed he’d end up working in the $2.5 billion Black haircare industry. The Chicago native was used to running multimillion-dollar projects for a giant package delivery service.
Now he’s putting his experience and degree in computer information systems to work for himself as co-founder and chief operating officer of Mielle Organics, a company he and his wife started in their basement.
Monique Rodriguez drew on her experience as a nurse and a background in science and health to share tips on video for how she kept her tailbone-length hair healthy and beautiful. She and Melvin started creating products in their kitchen, basement, and garage. When they outgrew their first and second warehouses, they moved into a new one with a salon. The pair has seen great business success since 2014.
Today Melvin is responsible for the operations and strategy at Mielle Organics, which now has products on 100,000 shelves of major retailers including Target, CVS, Walgreens, and Walmart and has orders in 87-plus countries, according to the website.
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