We had the good fortune of connecting with Sue Marshall and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Sue, what principle do you value most?
I believe that having a business is about serving people and that you can do that and make money at the same time. After being an entrepreneur the majority of my professional career, it was time to make an impact by starting a social benefit corporation that focused on climate change.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I have spent the majority of my professional career as a serial entrepreneur starting various companies within the real estate industry. When my youngest child was in high school I went back to school to finish my graduate studies. It was there that I was introduced to the challenges of food waste and its impact on the environment. I have the ability to see in others what they often do not see in themselves. This allows me to bring teams together creating innovative approaches and innovative solutions that would not have been created by any one individual. This along with being an entrepreneur is not easy and payback is not obvious. It is worth it when you reach a point where so many things align to truly make an impact that far exceeds anything that could have been envisioned. I feel so fortunate to be experiencing all my past work to be showing up in this very moment to be a founder in a new industry that is the future; food upcycling.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I have had the pleasure to host all types of visitors to Minneapolis, MN. Minneapolis is known for its grit for the outdoors regardless of the time of year. The amount of Lakes available to enjoy camping, fishing, recreational activities (including winter sports) is virtually endless and the availability of walking/biking paths that continue for hundreds of miles gives the opportunity create unique adventures that can meet everyone’s needs. In the city we are known for creative food from all over the world and since I work with breweries/distilleries my visitors get a change to enjoy unique combinations of food and spirits.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
This recent startup, NETZRO, was inspired by my children. I am motivated to make a difference for the younger generation while I am still able. In addition, my husband has been instrumental in supporting my efforts and his skills are complementary and invaluable. Academically, I am grateful for support from Drexel University, University of NE Lincoln, and various groups at the University of MN including AURI (Agricultural Utilization Research Institute). Finally, I am inspired by all my fellow upcyclers and the staff at the Upcycled Food Association.