We had the good fortune of connecting with Barbara Flury Knight and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Barbara, what do you attribute your success to?
The most important factor behind my success is believing that faith in God, self, and loving and serving others is a great adventure with surprises of unexpected turns, challenges and rewards that ultimately work out well for most others and myself most of the time. The most important factor behind the success of my (personal) brand is expressing joie de vivre through my smile, confidence, and attitude.. The most important factor behind the success of the corporate brand (Enviropouch) is continually believing in the dream, vision and mission of excellence in manufacturing a reusable steam sterilization medical device by continually serving professionals’ needs through its innovation.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
EnviroPouch® is the first and only reusable steam sterilization pouch and a medical device that displaces disposables by a factor of over 200:1 that infection control professionals experience as safer to use that also pays for itself; EnviroPouch® is wholly manufactured in the USA with American made materials and employees, sold directly internationally, I am most proud of the longevity and continuous growth of EnviroPouch® of 27 years of annual sales and profitable growth across vertical markets around the world by word of mouth and organic internet search. I am most excited about continually meeting or exceeding our customers’ infection control needs through our team’s commitment to excellence in quality, service, and innovation, while also growing daily to better serve our team members, community, Georgia, the USA, and our global village. I got to where I am today business-wise by having a fantastic loving, supportive family, faith, working in both of my parents’ businesses, working my way through Georgia Tech, faith, luck (being prepared for the opportunity), and a daily commitment to personal and professional excellence in work and long term relationships of the highest value and worth to me. That adage that nothing great is easy holds true. I overcame the challenges through faith and action called “grit” and “resourcefulness”. The lessons I’ve learned along the way are deeper and wider in scope that reaffirms the lessons I learned early in life – love and serve others and things go well generally for everyone. I want the world to know our unique EnviroPouch® (Made in America) brand story, experience EnviroPouch® first-hand, and discover “the heart and soul of infection control™” that manufactures quality product served with customer service excellence to benefit infection control professionals, their sustainability impact and their return on investment.
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.
First, as an Atlanta native and child specializing in southern hospitality, I’m a naturally enthusiastic, energetic guide with many many personal stories and facts to share about Atlanta during your week long trip! You’re in for a whirlwind tour full of laughter and good times. For outdoor fun, grand views of Atlanta and Georgia in all directions, exercise, the environmentalists, historians, nature and animal lovers, people-watchers, photographers (who’s not one these days?), the most fun, interesting places and things to check out in Atlanta are nearby historic Stone Mountain (optionally ride a lift to its top), and Kennesaw Mountain (Civil War-era cannons and educational historic markers), both for walking, climbing, jogging, and hiking. Next, we’ve got to shoot the ‘Hooch (raft the Chattahoochee River) for a casual raft blast with a little splash and lifetime memories! Also, the Silver Comet Trail is super for biking, walking, strolling, jogging, rollerblading – NO skateboards, horseback riding, and wheelchair accessible with people watching that go and goes. Zoo Atlanta is a children’s favorite with a rail-ride, activities, and natural animal habitats. For indoor fun is the Atlanta History Museum with the famous Cyclorama of The Battle of Atlanta, the Atlanta Botanical Garden, Fernbank Science Museum, and World of Coco-Cola. More highlights of the Civil War and Civil Rights city include touring the MLK, Jr, National Historic Site, CNN Studio, and museum for “Gone with the Wind”. A special visit to Centennial Olympic Park established in 1996 for the Summer Olympics is fun! My family purchased fundraising, commemorative bricks that are part of the Olympic rings water park area, and my family attended the Opening Ceremony and many exciting competitions. If the timing is right, opportunities to attend professional and college sports are a great way to experience Atlanta’s vibe, spirit, unique venues, and people. A special fact is that my grandfather served as Captain of the Atlanta Fire Department and survived the Winecoff Hotel fire. My aunt Margie was a Georgia Tech majorette. My parents and uncle are successful Atlanta entrepreneurs. For me personally, Stone Mountain holds a special place in my heart. I’ve not only walked and hiked up the mountain annually for over 40 years but humbly, I was crowned the 1976 Stone Mountain Yellow Daisy Festival princess to represent the park at the festival and around Georgia for the year in parades and public appearances. It’s an annual autumn arts event that’s grown since 1968! In addition, I’m a proud Ramblin Wreck from Georgia Tech, and I love to share the Tech campus and history with a visit there. I served as a Solid Gold captain for our first group of women who hosted families of visiting athlete recruits on the game days, as well as a FASET Leader for incoming freshmen orientations. There are many unique places and favorites to eat and drink. Mary Mac’s Tea Room, Krispy Kreme doughnut factory, the Varsity, Nikolai’s Roof, Canoe, the Capital Grille, OK Cafe, Aviva by Kameel, Bone’s, Fox Bros BBQ, Busy Bee, Miller Union, Staplehouse, La Tavola, and so many more are musts!
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I dedicate this Shoutout with humble thanks to my loving family, teachers, coaches, friends, especially my mother and father, Mary and David, aunt Margie, grandparents, deceased soulmate John Joseph Knight, our sons, Spencer and Emory Knight, and Enviropouch business’ excellent friends Marchel, Walker, Dan, Bill, Mike, Gordon, Kelly, Ori, Muzaf, Susan, Rob, Larry, Ga Tech EI2 and Manufacturing Extension Partnership, North Ga and Next Generation Women’s CEO Forum leaders, Georgia Department of Economic Trade, Fayette County Chamber, quality-driven and outstanding team members, and highly dedicated, caring healthcare, veterinarian, industrial, biotech, tattoo, agriculture, lab, spa, aquarium and wilderness professionals who are our amazing, loyal customers and prospects.
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