Aprille was born in California but raised in a military family, living all over the country and overseas. Her introduction to the natural food world came right out of high school working multiple jobs in the Pike Place Market in Seattle. That is where she fell in love with food politics, organic/biodynamic farming and natural products. In 2006 she started at Central Co-op as their Dairy Buyer, building the dairy into a destination department by teaming with several local raw cow and goat milk dairies. In 2008 she became the Perishables/Frozen Manager. Aprille excelled at bringing in products that were first to market and helping startups navigate what was needed to get onto the shelf.
After many years with the co-op and a brief stint in Savannah, GA, she joined the KeHE team: first as a Territory Sales Manager for the InterMountain Region, and more recently on the KeHE/Publix team where she helped build better communication between stores and the warehouses. When Aprille's not working, she enjoys hiking, music (avid record collector), reading, art, her aging dog Buddy, and hunting down all the amazing murals/street art around Atlanta.
Valentin Vidaña's history with Yin Yang Naturals goes back a solid 14 years, where he was a Team Member at a Whole Foods Market in Southern California. He started off as a Team Member, was promoted Grocery Buyer, and most recently held the position of Associate Team Leader. During those years, Valentin and the Yin Yang Naturals team built an enduring relationship.
Valentin feels blessed and fortunate to have worked with an amazing team at Whole Foods and now he’s looking to expand and bring to Hustle & Grow a very sharpened and strong asset to this ever-growing family. Valentin’s passion for people, family, community, service, and his little moonbeam Isabel is what drives him to pursue the best version of himself. Love and Light!