Spoken, Not Stirred

Jackie Cuscuna & Brian Smith

When Brian Smith and Jackie Cuscuna met, they were teachers. However, as time would have it, their relationship and careers have evolved to a place they could’ve never imagined. Over a decade later, as their relationship evolved, a shared dream has come to fruition as the purveyors of some of the country’s most delicious ice cream, Ample Hills Creamery in Brooklyn, New York (and they are not your typical entrepreneurs). Over Dark and Stormies (and delicious Bourbon Street ice cream), they share their true entrepreneur story: what inspired and continues to inspire them as ice creamers, how that path was in jeopardy after only 4 days of business, and how a special relationship with Disney has gotten them beyond the dark side (and continues to help them grow). While the journey has certainly not been an easy one, the result is undoubtedly sweet.

What You’ll Learn:

- How not being prepared for the best case scenario may be a problem.

- Why in entrepreneurship you should dare to be bold and never be afraid to throw a hail Mary pass

- The importance of remembering to keep a balance in work and life – and noting where the two can intersect