We had the good fortune of connecting with Vlada Vladic and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Vlada, can you talk to us a bit about the social impact of your business?
My name is Vlada Vladic. I am the owner of Vladic Tri Star Inc. and a founder and CEO of a charitable organization called Vlada’s Seeds of Life.
I immigrated to the United States 32 years ago, at age of 19, with just two dollars in my pocket. Thanks to countless opportunities America offered, my hard work and determination I became professionally successful.
After achieving my personal goals, I decided to put my success toward a greater purpose by founding a charitable organization called Vlada’s Seeds of Life.
Mission of my organization is to help reconnect families and communities to help foster a healthier and happier environment for children and future generations.
Vlada’s Seeds of Life was created in 2009 in an effort to reconnect families and communities by sharing the love of quality family time, the joy of cooking together, and the enriching experiences attained when families are engaged in the process of bringing that food to the table together.
We at Vlada’s Seeds of Life believe that by reconnecting families and strengthening our communities, we can make a positive impact on future generations. Families have become affected by many social, economical, physical and global issues that are out of their control that has made it harder to find meaningful connections. We believe that families can reconnect with one another through time spent preparing and enjoying healthy and nutritious meals. When children are engaged and involved in the shopping and preparation of a fresh, nutritious, delicious meal as a family, they will be able to build positive habits and memories that they will not only carry throughout their own lives but will hopefully pass onto their children and future generations.
Vlada’s Seeds of Life is on a mission to educate, enable, energize, and engage families to reconnect through a shared passion for food. We hope that our projects will resonate with children and parents alike, and that through this process of cooking together as a family, we can strengthen and bring together not only families but for communities as well.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
Like most immigrants. I eagerly embraced business opportunities America had to offer.
Being only 19 years old and half a world apart from my family and friends I expected life to be hard. Unlike today, I was unable to stay in touch with the world I left behind. Communications we limited to occasional letters and a couple of phone calls a year. My monthly pay was $300 at the time and a 5-minute phone call was almost $100.
My first job was being a nanny. Soon after I started a housekeeping business. By age 24 I owned my first restaurant and by age 26 I already owned two. Restaurant work was excruciatingly demanding. My days started at 4:am and ended at 9:00 pm seven days a week.
Next business adventure called replacing specula with a hammer. Along with my husband, I became an owner and a construction manager for Vladic Tri Star Inc. I particularly enjoyed this part of my carrier.
My husband passed away soon after my second child was born. Unexpected circumstances demanded reinvention of my carrier once again. By the time my husband passed away, our family was financially in debt of more than 1.5 million dollars. I was jobless with two young kids and tremendous bills on my hands.
What I learned – Surrendering without a fight was never an option. It was very important for my children to witness how to stand strong against challenges and all ads… We make a life by the strength and will of our hands, hearts and our minds. But more importantly, we live our lives by our spirit. I was determined not to have my broken by fear.
Was it hard – Beyond words!!! However, I always understood advancement and achievement demanded effort and hard work. There is no way around that. Furthermore, we are created to pursue challenges to help us realize and engage our full potential forward.
What about my story – My story and my dream is just one of many stories and dreams people before us honored and dared to believe in. Humanity must never lose this valuable to dream and to dare. I believed in and am living mine.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I am fortunate to know many wonderful people whom I call friends. I love sharing our beautiful SoCal with them.
Sailing San Diego is almost a must, followed by a bite and espresso in ‘Little Italy’.
Balboa park with its museums and beautiful grounds. Those are some of my favorite places.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Special thank you to our supporters who share our dream and passion toward building stronger families and communities in America and beyond.
Such advancement would not be possible without goodwill, faith, and financial support of countless people who stand by our mission.