All the women who helped me throughout my life were AKAs. I always wanted to be part of this supportive community of sisters," says Rosa.
"I never understood the depth of the family business until I got older and took a leadership role," says Chauntel, who is pictured here with her cousin Victoria Fuentes-Cox working a conference in Providence, RI.
"I really would love to diversify and start another business," says the CEO. Chauntel does admit that "it will be hard to get my parents on board for another one."
"I learned the importance of chasing my dreams and setting goals for myself from my mother," says Chauntel. "She can do it all. I can leave this world today and know she is going to be fine," says Rosa.
"We've always had a mutual respect for each other. That is important in our relationship and as business partners," says Cary. "My husband is handsome, kind, compassionate, funny, a great father and granddad," says Rosa.
Chauntel with her son, Xavier.
Rosa and Cary with scholarship recipient Erin Turner and Dr. Linda Gilliam, mid-Atlantic regional director of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. "Our family weakness is to help those that are less fortunate," says Cary.
Chauntel and a happy customer at a conference in Philadelphia.
"My father abandoned my mother when she was pregnant with me. I never wanted my child to experience that. I always wanted to keep my family unit together," shares Cary.
Chauntel working at the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. Centennial Celebration in Washington DC this past summer.