New Jersey is home to many ambitious and talented dads who juggle family and career. A select few of these men are also extremely busy building their own companies to help better manage the whole work-life balance. At NJ Mom, we want to highlight these extraordinary dads building NJ businesses and learn the secret to their success.
NJ Dad and CEO of Whitehouse Station Sauce Company: John Kasper
John Kasper is the NJ Dadpreneur and owner of Whitehouse Station Sauce Company alongside his son, Jonathon Kasper. NJ Mom had the wonderful opportunity to ask John a few questions about his business and himself; here’s what he had to share.
What do you offer to your clients and how is it different than other professionals in your field?
We make a gourmet quality hot sauce that takes a culinary approach by using the science of sweetness to offset the heat of the peppers.
What inspired you to come up with the idea for your business?
My cousin was visiting me and had a bottle of homemade hot sauce with him. He said eating hot sauce had cured his acid reflux. I eat hot sauce every day and it cured me as well.
What is your favorite part about your business?
Getting to meet so many different people at shows. I had no idea how many people love hot sauce.
What is your background in your business expertise?
My full-time job is a salesman at Huston Lumber in Oldwick. My son Jonathan has a culinary degree from Johnson and Wales University. He’s worked at Ninety Acres in Peapack and The Ryland Inn in Whitehouse. He’s currently working at Fiddler’s Elbow Country Club in Bedminster.
Who is your role model?
I’d have to say Bruce Springsteen. I’m also a singer/songwriter and admire his musical talent as well as his efforts to make the world a better place.
What’s the best piece of advice your mom or dad ever gave to you?
My dad had a great work ethic. He worked 2 jobs to support us and my Mom was always there for us at home.
Do you have a favorite quote you live by?
It is what it is.
You have to take what life throws at you and roll with the punches.
What are your favorite things to do in New Jersey with your family?
Hands-down going to the shore! Also, we have so many great restaurants to choose from here in Jersey.
What is the best part about being a dad for you?
Seeing how great my kids turned out. I’m so proud of what they’ve accomplished.
What are your favorite businesses in New Jersey?
Spice It Up in Beach Haven and Basil Bandwagon in Flemington are 2 great places to shop small.
Where do you reside and vacation in New Jersey?
We live in Whitehouse Station (Hunterdon County), and going to the shore is something we look forward to every summer. We love Asbury Park and vacation every year at Barneget Light.
Anything else you’d like to tell parents in New Jersey?
Spend time with your kids while they’re young.
They grow up so fast.