We had the good fortune of connecting with Jerry McGhee and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jerry, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
I think the most important factor behind my success comes from listening to my audience, being willing to go above and beyond to satisfy my customers and willing to be creative with my product.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
The staple of my work is our peach cobbler. Creating one is very easy but being set apart is not so easy. When I first started selling them, I actually asked myself “what can set me apart from other bakers doing the same thing I am doing”. I decided that I would start making cobblers for all occasions, such as Birthday cobblers with the words, Happy Birthday. Im so proud that I actually allowed myself to be open to even starting a business and being creative with our cobblers. Getting to where I am professionally was not an easy challenge because I struggled with working for myself or working for someone else. I always believed if you sacrifice now you can reap the benefits later. Starting a business takes courage, not giving up takes persistent and fighting through your failures grows you mentally and spiritually. It will show you who you really are as a person. I want the world to know that I am just a guy who grew up in Memphis, TN, who just had a desire to be more than what life dealt him. Baking cobblers have given me a purpose and Im not sure I felt I had one before then. When people see the brand “The Old Fashioned Cobbler” I want them to think of Hazel Brown, the woman who took the time to love me enough to show me a product that would change my life.
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 consider myself to be a homebody. I actually don’t go a lot of places. If someone came into town I would probably take them to a Cowboys game, my favorite steakhouse spot, Saltgrass and to my church on Sunday 🙌😊 I absolutely love being around my church family because they are exciting, creative and extremely funny, so they would definitely know a few of them. 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?
There have been so many people who played a part in my success. I like to thank Ms. Hazel Brown for caring enough about me to show me how to bake a peach cobbler 20 years ago. Without her it wouldn’t be a “The Old Fashioned Cobbler” I also want to thank Pastor Ricky Floyd of The Pursuit of God Church who practically saved my life when I was lost, broken and had given up on life. He showed me a love that I desperately needed from a mentor and father figure. Lastly, I have to thank One Family Fellowship for being supportive since I moved to DFW. Giving me structure and spiritual guidance when I needed in my journey of finding my way.
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