“In the back of my mind I always knew I was going to be part of the family business,” Eden Bridgeman Sklenar says.
That family business—restaurant franchises and beverage holdings—has now expanded to include the fabled EBONY and Jet brands that this 34-year-old is determined to put her own mark on. The sense of family, legacy and history that is so much a hallmark of the EBONY and Jet origin story is at the heart of Eden’s story as well. Her parents drove home the importance of building something to pass down to future generations. And that’s exactly what she feels makes her the right person to lead the nameplate into its next incarnation, which in her estimation means building on its media roots and expanding into new industries, too.