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I would like to admit, right here and now, that
the first thing I did before starting my interview
with Stephanie Pemberton, was head to the in-
terwebs to search the name Bad Granny. It is
such a unique name that I wanted to know from
which major international show, celebrity, or
business it was tweaked. So when I found no
reference of it online, it was the first question I
asked the female entrepreneur who owns an
auto-customisation business, and a major local
television show by that singular name.
"Myself, and the Star of the show Jason Reece,
were brainstorming about the name for some
time. One day we were in his kitchen with his
grandmother, who is no longer able to walk on her
own and utilizes a wheelchair. We were thinking
about making a super "tricked-out" wheelchair
that will allow her to go anywhere and not be con-
fined to the house," explained Stephanie.
"We were joking about a wheelchair with big
rims and tyres, suspension; the works. Jason drew
a cartoon of what it would look like, and in true
Trinbagonian style, we rocked back and said, 'well
dat is a Bad Granny!" The name of the entrepre-
neur's Auto-Engineering and Production busi-
nesses was born.
And a Bad, Bad, Granny the business and televi-
sion show are too! But I'm getting ahead of myself
and beginning Stephanie's story of entrepreneur-
ship en media res. Let me back up and start, from
For someone who knows quite a deal about cus-
tomizing and restoring a range of motor vehicles,
not to mention the fact she owns and successfully
manages such a business, Stephanie did not start
out with a love for cars.
"Yes, I have a thing for them now, and can talk to
you all about lift kits, rims, paint jobs, wraps,
bumpers and other modification parts, but I am in-
terested in creating new concepts. That is what
entrepreneurship is all about, seeing potential in
something or someone and pursuing it when no
one else believes it can be done"
And she put her money where her mouth is, be-
cause Stephanie left her job to follow an entrepre-
neurial pull. She was an Investment Analyst, after
earning Honours in Business Administration Ma-
joring in Finance and Accounting.
"I was one of those people who thought that a
corporate job and sophisticated title was going to
define me," she shared, "but I realise it is really
pride in what you do, and strong moral fibre that
defines who you are." She admits that the poten-
tial of her current team, and her family and friends,
are to take part credit for where she is today.
And how does she handle being the boss of sev-
eral men who are extremely skilled in their field?
"Well, I don't think of myself as the boss. I tell
them what they need to do, to get where we need
to go. They are the experts, they advise me. I find
innovative ways of utilizing their talent so that we
can all earn a good and honest living. And that is it
Bad Granny has a very hardworking, passionate
team of 11 members, and Stephanie has learnt
that "once someone is put in a position to do what
they are called to do, they will execute the job effi-
And in one particular instance, this efficiency led
to the base business being the spring board for
what is now a huge television series on CNC3.
When Bad Granny's head builder, Jason Reece, did
restoration work on a Suzuki Maruti, she was
blown away with the results which drove her to
set up filming productions and get more trucks to
build. Ultimately, she approached a close friend
who saw the viability in the project and pointed
her in the direction of getting it aired on the
hugely popular CNC3 channel.
"CNC3 helped push a local production when no
one else was doing it, and now, Bad Granny is in
Trinidad and Tobago, Anguilla, BVI, Nevis, St Mar-
tin, Barbados, Jamaica, St Kitts & Nevis, Antigua &
Barbuda, St. Lucia and Grenada.
Stephanie is happy about the inspiration to
other local creatives and she's also hopeful that
through the show she can be an inspiration to
"As a woman in this world, confidence is every-
thing. I hope I can impact by example."
But wait, Stephanie isn't done yet. Just mere
weeks away, in April 2016, she will launch a new
TV series on CNC3. WOW won't give away every-
thing, save that if you are an entrepreneur looking
for venture capital, visit this link to register:
www.plantingseedscaribbean.com. If you like the
vibes of the show Shark Tank, or are a business
owner looking for advice to grow, you should stay
tuned for details!
Not bad at all, Stephanie. Not bad at all!
I was one of those people who
thought that a corporate job
and sophisticated title was
going to define me," she
shared, "but I realize it is really
pride in what you do, and
strong moral fibre that defines
who you are.
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