Annie Pestel: The Road Less Traveled

Annie Pestel: The Road Less Traveled

Active-Duty Entrepreneur

Annie didn’t waste any time building the foundation for her first company. Immediately after graduating at the top of her class from West Point, Annie began The Brazen Gourmand.

She was able to balance being a start-up founder and a full-time Army officer by taking the pressure off herself. The Brazen Gourmand was simply a creative outlet where she expressed herself through pictures, writing, consulting and design.

As a creative individual in the military, Annie created her company out of necessity. She needed an outlet to express herself. But, by treating it as a hobby, there was no pressure for it to be a business, it was just a fun project to work on during her free time.