Kandas Rodarte lives in Conroe, Texas with her husband and business partner, Shane and their daughter, 2 cats and a dog. Shane has been a full-time professional furniture maker his entire adult life. Kandas is the CEO of Wood Designs, Inc. dba Shaka Studios Furniture. Founded in 1998, Shane and Kandas pioneered online custom furniture sales when they successfully launched their first website in 1999. Shaka Studios has never needed a showroom, as the business has provided a full-time income for the family since it’s inception. The entrepreneur bug bit Kandas at the age of 18 when she joined her first direct sales company. She has worked as both a sales professional and a merchandise buyer, so she knows the worlds of direct sales, network marketing, retail and wholesale sales, quite well. She applied her sales and marketing experience, and her love of all things geeky, when she joined Shane as his business partner. As a professional speaker and self-proclaimed Gratitude Geek, Kandas teaches workshops on networking, to non-profits, small businesses and artists. She teaches her audience how to grow their business with gratitude. Diagnosed with aggressive HER2+ E+ breast cancer in April of 2014, her battle with the unwanted guest in her breast she calls Bertha has become an important part of her story. She shares stories from her journey in her blog, GratitudeGeek.info.