Contact: Denise Miller
"The Sweet Road To Success"
At 14 years old, entrepreneurial prodigy, Henry Miller owns and operates "Henry's Stingers," which sells perhaps the most delicious honey varieties and will be available at booth #1019. As a highly acclaimed gymnast, Henry will not only speak about his journey to success, but will also treat the crowds to some intense back flips!
Henry Miller – now age 14
Well I really don't know where else to start other than I was born in Los Angeles California, June 6th 1997. From the beginning, I was "Henry the handful". The toddler, who to my mother's dismay, learned to walk at 8 months. I was expelled from pre-school because I was walking all over the other babies and was asked to leave.
I was born with a challenge. I have severe Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder; it isn't all bad having ADHD I am always peppy and happy. The downside is I always get "Frequently disrupts the learning environment" written on my report card. This fact is annoying, since my cousin Phoebe always gets "enriches learning environment". Frankly, my parents would probably mind more if I wasn't a good student, but I get my fair share of A's.
When I was little and running around getting into stuff I would take my socks off. My mom got sick of always having to buy me new socks so she decided to dye my socks my favorite color. Orange. The rest is history. I have been wearing orange socks every day ever since. It's my signature color.
When I was ten, we moved from the Woodland Hills/Calabasas area where the kids I saw at the movie theatre were Dylan and Cole Sprouse (Zack and Cody of "The Suite Life") to the rural forests of the Pacific Northwest, a place where many our neighbors have no teeth, or running water. Big Foot country. Don't get me wrong, our farm is amazing. Magical. My friends love spending the night because we can climb trees, swim in the pond, shoot bows & arrows and bb guns. Or I just hang with our animals. We've got four dogs and four cats plus 29 other animals Almost all them are endangered colonial heritage breeds. There are: two cows, two oxen, adonkey, a horse, two ducks, three turkeys, four goats, four sheep, sundry miscellaneous chickens (my favorite is Louise). An out of place llama, and a kooky pig, named Midge who my mother sometimes lets in the house so she can sleep on a dog bed.
We moved here so my parents could start a colonial living history camp a "mini-Williamsburg", but when the economy crashed, our camp had to be put on hold and my dad had to keep his job in California. So my mom and I have been fixing up the farm and taking in borders. With my mom, there's always an adventure around the corner – that's what my dad always says.
One day when I was eleven, me and my mom got on a plane to return home from a trip. I didn't want to sit next to a stranger, but I did. Turns out the guy was a bee farmer. He talked all about helping bees and the dreadful hive collapse disorder. He told me humans couldn't live more than 7 years if bees disappeared. We wouldn't have enough food because the bees wouldn't be there to pollinate the corn or the wheat or even tomatoes. OK, I don't like tomatoes, but I know we need them.
At the end of the flight (with just a little bit of convincing) my mom said I could get bees and I start my own company. I told her, I wanted to name it Henry's Sweet Miracle Honey because on our farm I have a donkey named Miracle who guards everything from predators. My mom laughed and called my dad and now it's a real-life thing.
This year has been really exciting. First and foremost – I started high school. And we took Henry's Stingers to the big time, The Natural Products Expo in Anaheim, California. Henry's Stingers was named one of the top 5 new products. Then after that I was named Young Entrepreneur of The Year by New Hope Media in Las Vegas.
It all happened one day when me and my mom got on a plane and sat next to this bee farmer. He talked about helping bees and the dreadful hive collapse disorder. He told me humans couldn't live seven years if bees disappeared. We wouldn't have enough food because the bees wouldn't be there to pollinate the corn or the wheat or even tomatoes. OK, I don't like tomatoes, but I know we need them.
At the end of the flight my mom said we could get bees and I could start my own company. I told her, "Henry's Sweet Miracle Honey" because on our farm I have a donkey named Miracle. She laughed and called my dad and now it's a real-life thing.
The more I learn about bees the more interesting I think they are. Did you know only the old bees collect pollen? I have more educational bee facts on every label and because their lives are so important to us that I am donating part of what I make to bee research.
Help me - Give Bees A Chance.