My name is Michelle, Co-Owner and Co-Founder of Cedar Mountain Candle. You can take the girl out of the country, but you can’t take the country out of the girl.
Growing up in rural West Virginia and raised on a farm, working hard during the day and enjoying a nice bonfire night, runs in my blood. Around 2005, I met a guy that would change my whole world. I moved to Georgia and married the man of my dreams who would take me on an epic journey of being a military spouse. I had to begin learning life all over again: away from family and life-long friends, while adapting to deployments and all the craziness that goes along with a military lifestyle.
I have always been independent (and stubborn) by nature, but this journey has certainly given strength to my backbone. While I 10,000% support my husband in every step of the way, I wanted a career of my own. I was a banker before I moved to GA, and I've carried that career with me for 17 years. Along with co-owning Cedar Mountain Candle, I am the SVP of Business Integration & Strategies Manager for Bank of America. Between it all, I still find time to pack up my “kids” (two Rottweilers) and head off to Cedar Mountain, in Southern Utah. After all, it is my favorite place to be!
My real name is Franz Workman IV (the fourth). Instead of going by Franz, I have always been called IV. I’m also the Co-Owner and Co-Founder of Cedar Mountain Candle. I was born and raised in the hills of West Virginia and worked on a friend's hay farm while growing up, but never in a million years believed that one day I would be making candles.
With my eye on a pretty little girl named Michelle, I made a tough decision to join the Air Force in 2005 and became a helicopter flight engineer on HH-60G Pavehawks. My mission is combat search and rescue, which in my 15 years of service has involved everything from hurricane evacuations from Ike and Gustov in Texas to rescuing wounded soldiers in Afghanistan and Iraq, and everything else in between.
The military has moved Michelle and I from Moody Air Force Base in Valdosta, GA to Nellis Air Force Base in Las Vegas, NV. While living in Las Vegas has been great, it never really scratched the itch to enjoy the mountains again. That is until we started exploring Utah. From there, we discovered Cedar Mountain and we felt right back at home. So when we decided to start the candle company, Cedar Mountain Candle was born. Our country roots show in each and every candle that we make. From the designs to the scents that we choose, it has our little touch of home in everyone of them.
This is Skylar and she is our Production Manager who we literally can't live without. She will joke often that work is her whole life and she is not lying about it! She ensures everyone gets the best products we have to offer. She was born and raised in Las Vegas. She loves animals and being surrounded by nature. She has a prairie dog named Chunks.
Dustin is our "everything man." He does it all. He is an expert candle pourer and shipping specialist.
Desiree is our super hero Shipping Manager. She joined Cedar Mountain Candle in October 2021. She was raised in Puerto Rico and loves creating art in every form.
Daniela is our Marketing Manager and she joined Cedar Mountain Candle in July 2021. She is a professional photographer who loves nature and kickboxing. Her favorite place in the desert is the sand dunes.