In this 3rd segment, it is with great admiration and sincere pleasure that I further introduce you to the amazingly incredible, intelligent beyond her years, impressive Ariel Miller (She, They). Today, Ariel is Co-CEO of AriSha™ Diversified and manages the product branding and marketing as well as the financial activities of AriSha™.
Ariel is a graduate of the late casino magnate Sheldon Adelson’s world renown Adelson Educational Campus and was always at the top of her high school academic class. Ariel was very active as a nationally ranked archer, cheerleader, founder of the philanthropy club and traveled nationally with the debate team. Her early accomplishments continue to this day.
As you listen in on our conversation, Ariel’s heart, personality and growing success will become very evident. It has been a true blessing to have met the humble and gifted Ariel. A soft spoken yet take charge, dynamic young entrepreneur who has been a true inspiration. I have watched her innovative and progressive ideas become successful realities and I truly believe those are only the beginning of many more to come. I don’t believe Ariel has self-acknowledged her accomplishments to date, but as you will “see,” recognition of Ariel Miller is undeniable.
Join me now with Ariel, better known to me as Ari, as we discuss business and life.
Carol: Hello again Ari. So good to be meeting with you again today. I was very much looking forward to our time together.
Ari: Hi Carol. I was really excited to talk with you again today. I always learn things in our conversations and I am grateful to be spending this time together.
Carol: Ari, are you 23 or 24?
Ari: I am 24, Carol. I just turned 24 on October 9.
Carol: Happy belated birthday! I’m so sorry I missed wishing you a happy birthday last month.
Ari: That’s ok, Carol. I don’t really like being the center of attention, so I typically keep things like birthdays low-key.
Carol: I understand that in addition to your work and position at AriSha™, that you are still attending classes as well.
Ari: Yes, I am taking my last three classes at University of Nevada Las Vegas to graduate with a BSBA in International Business with an emphasis in marketing. Since COVID, I have focused more on my business than on school. I am now approaching graduation.
Carol: I extend an early congratulations Ari. Yet another accomplishment. I sometimes wonder how you manage it all. Quite admirable. I know you currently reside in Las Vegas. Were you born there?
Ari. Yes, I was.
Carol: Las Vegas has had many nicknames over the years due to its diversity and interesting background. If I may ask a 2-part question: what have you known and experienced Vegas to be and do you feel any of those nicknames or others’ perceptions of Vegas have impacted or affected you, personally or professionally?
Ari: (Laughing). Wow, now there is a loaded question. It’s different growing up in Las Vegas, than others perceive. When I was in high school, I traveled across the country for events or competitions, sometimes internationally, and other students my age would ask me things like: “Do you live in one of the big casino hotels?” People think of Las Vegas as this larger-than-life place, but I think 99 percent of the time, it was just a city with sprawling suburbs in the desert, not a lot different from any other town I might have been raised in.
I was laughing earlier because the first Vegas nickname that comes to mind is Sin City!
Carol: Mine too, Ari. When I was contemplating how to ask that question, that was my first thought as well: Sin City. I was just trying to be polite and not go there! (Chuckling)
Ari: Truthfully, it might be the most appropriate though for me, as I have been involved for many years now in growing and marketing cannabis with my experienced team at AriSha™.
Carol: Although I understand, it is sad to hear you make that statement. Cannabis is so misunderstood. Based on what I know of you so far Ari, my guess is that you have, in your own way, turned that around and as far as an experienced team, that is quite evident.
Ari: I agree. Not a sin at all. Science tells us clearly that cannabis is the most important aspect to health that we currently can study and yes, my work with this incredible team has given me the opportunity to have consumers enjoy and benefit from literally thousands of helpful and “good for your health” products.
Carol: I cannot wait to delve more into the benefits of cannabis with you in just a bit. For now, I’d like to acknowledge your graciousness. It doesn’t surprise me Ari. It is consistent with who I know you to be.
Ari: Thank you Carol. I see myself as quite fortunate. I find myself surrounded by true support. When I go to work, I work alongside my incredible partner Sha, who has taught me all of the important business roles from shipping out hundreds of orders to securing credit card processing. Experiencing and performing these different roles myself has helped me to respect and teach others to take over these different roles.
Carol: I can relate. I was a young entrepreneur myself, managing from 5 to 60 employees over the years and I never had one position filled that I hadn’t performed myself. Ironically, even in my holistic health practice, my clients have always commented that I had that extra special edge, compared to other providers, because I have been both patient and practitioner, experiencing both sides. They felt and appreciated the insights I had to best help and support them. In all honesty, I never gave it a thought. I was just being myself, but hearing many clients mention that truly had an impact on me as well. My concern was to help them regain their health and abilities as best I could. Thinking about it further, I also believe, for me, part of that was in my upbringing. We were raised to do chores, respect others and put ourselves in another’s shoes.