Asa part of our series about the ‘5 Important Business Lessons I Learned While Being On Shark Tank’ I had the pleasure of interviewing Gabe & Cindy Trevize.
Gabe and Cindy Trevizo are the husband and wife team behind Suds2Go, the world’s first line of innovative mobile hand washing systems. Suds2Go aims to empower families and active individuals by providing them confidence and alleviating anxiety about dirty for Suds2go Coupon, germy hands while adventuring and exploring. Gabe and Cindy reside in Gilbert, AZ with their 4 young children.
Thank you so much for doing this with us! Our readers would love to “get to know you” a bit more. Can you tell us a bit of the backstory about how you grew up?
Cindy and I grew up about a mile from each other in Mesa, AZ. We were actually born in the same hospital, less than a month apart from each other. We “officially” met in 8th Grade English class at the tender age of 13 but I am sure our paths crossed as kids at the little league fields and parks around our homes. We were childhood sweethearts and we navigated the next 12 years both together and apart. Cindy was the focus, do the right thing, rule follower who earned her elementary education college degree in 4 years. While I was more of the free spirit, dreamer who took 6 years to finish college while playing baseball. We were married at the age of 25 and had our first son 5 years later. We have four children now and their ages range from 3 to 11.
Can you share with us the story of the “aha moment” that gave you the idea to start your company?
We are an adventurous family. We spend our weekends outdoors at parks, fishing, hiking and playing sports. With small children, they are always wanting snacks but they are always touching nasty things. They are germ magnets. We learned quickly that if we could keep their hands clean while out and about we could keep them healthy. We knew that the best way to do this was to wash their hands with soap and water but it wasn’t always available. Either the bathroom was too far, it was out of soap or the bathroom was a porta-potty with no running water. So, like most families, we relied heavily on wipes and sanitizers.
These options just didn’t cut it for our family. They didn’t deliver “Clean hands”. After being at a birthday party at a nearby park with small carnival rides, we watched our kids eat pizza with their dirty hands because water and soap were not available. We decided we had to get ourselves a mobile hand washing system. It had to exist right? I looked on Amazon and Google and found nothing. This was our AHA moment. If it didn’t exist, we were determined to create it in order to solve this problem for our family and other adventure-minded people like our family.
Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you began leading your company?
The most interesting thing Suds2Go that has happened to our company is the timing of our launch! We came up with the concept of this product in the spring of 2018. We spent all of 2019 in research and development, manufacturing and working through the proof of concept. He received our first run of bottles (4,000 of them) in Jan of 2020, right at the onset of the Covid pandemic. The timing of our product could not have come at a more perfect time. What we had realized two years earlier, was exactly what the world would realize they needed desperately during a worldwide pandemic. We sold out within weeks.
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