By Katie Fier
If you’ve ever met me or seen me before, I'm the one always smiling. I love life! How I came to this company is a pretty cool story. I was working at a high-end triathlon bike shop almost a year ago where I saw some pretty cool people walking in and out. Most were some of the most competitive triathletes in San Diego. At the time I was struggling to do anything athletic without running out of steam and eating away my muscles. Nutrition was the hardest sport since I hadn’t found anything that would keep me sustained besides stopping for a full-on meal.
One Sunday I had the day off, so I went to the Hillcrest Farmer's Market to see what I could find. I am adventurous enough to try most things at the market but sadly I am sensitive to a lot of them. Toward the end of the market I ran into a man with gel looking things. As a cyclist I recognized the packaging… but what made me stop and pay attention was that they were VEGAN, NON-GMO, and GLUTEN-FREE. YESSSSSS!!! I was able to taste test them without stomach upset and I bought a few of the Cashew Lemon for my next ride. They worked like a dream! Then the only problem was, I never had another Sunday off.
I had recently starting dating someone who is a serious triathlete with big connections in the fitness community. One day at her running shop I saw Muir Energy on the shelf and I told her how much I loved it. She mentioned she saw the owner, Ian, often to drop off product so she would connect us. Less than a week later I was at the Pride 5K helping out with Muir. Being a people-person I joined in with ease, so much so that Ian left me alone for a bit to run the tent. Next, I was invited into the kitchen to see how the product was made, and that was where I really found my place. This was the start of something I never saw coming.
Fast forward another 9 months and I am now the Kitchen Production Manager, overseeing all the product made. I am in charge of product measurements, sealing packets, product inventory and so on, working hand-in-hand with Francesca who is the speed of the kitchen. I am also privileged to go on marketing trips all over the country with my fiancee, helping everyone discover the Cashew Lemon Butter and Red Raspberry sandwich! I would have never pictured myself in this position, and it is the most rewarding I could have imagined. Thank you Ian and our whole family at Muir.