TAWANA WEICKER Founder & CEO
At UNC-Asheville I majored in English and then settled in at Michelin Tire Corp. in Spartanburg, SC. After a stint in Personnel, I moved into the Electrical Engineering Dept. and had to learn some AutoCad Design. Years later I took a job with Allen Testproducts and learned about automotive diagnostics.
Next I opted out of the biz world and stayed home with my two sons, making sure they got my grandmothers' work ethic. Then four years later, back to grad school and teaching high school and college students.
I love teaching because my students continually pushed me to keep foraging for stronger and more dynamic, authentic, relevant curriculum--darn, it's a challenge to compete with cell phones that stimulate the mind with constant texts, Facebook, tweets, and Instagram updates. My students pushed me into P90 and Insanity workouts, into Mos Def Slam Poetry and Into The Wild and Paulo Coelho novel journeys; into bioufuel exploration and green chemistry. Once the Warhorse recipes started working for local folks, it became clear that I needed to jump and walk-the-walk of the entrepreneurial explorer, the same lessons I tried to share with my almost-graduated-but-afraid-of-the-future seniors. Just as UNC's Dr. Joseph DeSimone proclaimed in a teaching workshop: "We need risk-takers, teachers who are ready to jump."
So I jumped. I immersed myself into my own research incubator, into all things biofuels, glycerin, age-old ingredients, and tweaking formulas using whole ingredients. In 2007, the soap-making, research, and green chemistry evolved into Warhorse Solutions. Biofuels chemistry became a state supported science class at Polk County High School, and continuing to grow with the help of Clemson University sustainability professor, David Thornton. Immersed in green chemistry and innovating value-added products from renewable agriculture feed stocks, Warhorse manufactures natural, value driven cleaning product lines for applications in industrial, pet, equestrian, and personal care markets. Warhorse is on the moving, trotting out beyond his Polk County, NC pasture. We're grateful for all the local support to keep this horse moving.
JEREMY FERRELL Consultant
Jeremy Ferrell has been helping Warhorse for the past three years, first as a volunteer and now as a freelance consultant. Jeremy has a PhD in Sustainable Biomaterials and is currently Assistant Professor in the Appropriate Technology Program, Department of Technology and Environmental Design at Appalachian State University. Jeremy's work at the Appalachian State University Energy Center and background in closed-loop renewable energy system design was instrumental during our incubator stage. Jeremy currently assists Warhorse with our continued search for local biofuel raw materials, quality control testing, and seed oil acquisition.
AMANDA STAGGS Distribute, Demonstrate, Formulate
Amanda is my sister and Warhorse cleaning expert who demonstrates and distributes our products. She has been the catalyst to our community's participation in our product development. Hundreds of gallons of Warhorse cleaner have been doled out for years, as she gave it to family, friends, neighbors, businesses, and organizations and gathered feedback. Amanda has helped formulate the pet products as well. She's one of those people whose pets--a bossy Yorky, a protective Blue Heeler, a hyper German shorthaired pointer, a striped-very-fat-cat, a quiet turtle--get better treatment than her blood kin.
ELIZABETH RUSSELL Fire Starter
Liz is my former student who lit the sustainability fire in 2007. Liz graduated from Appalachian State University with a degree in Business. She now manages at Mountain View BBQ & Deli in Columbus, N.C. while researching, developing and promoting Warhorse and also owns alongside her sister a clothing boutique in Landrum, S.C. called Kenzie.
Lindsey is a former student as well. Her family farm and her horses have been on the Warhorse ride for the past 4 years. Linz, as we nicknamed her, has tirelessly delivered samples to local farms and our horse community for customer feedback. Her family's horses--Rocky, Doc, & Noble--and her dogs, all get more attention than the humans. Working for local farms and horse businesses, as well as taking care of her own farm family, Linz brings lots of valuable experience and knowledge to Warhorse.