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About Us, the folks behind Happy Mango Beads:

Happy Mango Beads is an internet-based business located near the foothills of the Colorado Rocky Mountains in a small town called Berthoud.  It all started more than 30 years ago when Dan and Rudi Taylor began collecting African Trade Beads as a hobby.  As the collection grew they tried selling some of the beads, and after a lot of nurturing, Happy Mango Beads was born.  Because of Dan and Rudi's love of travel (and history in the import/export field), it was the perfect business for them.  Now they travel all over the world to countries such as Peru, Nepal, Indonesia, China, Ghana, and Italy (to name a few) in search of special beads, pendants, and amulets.  Dan and Rudi LOVE their work and they love beads!  We believe Happy Mango Beads is a reflection of that.

Outside of Happy Mango Beads, Dan and Rudi enjoy spending time with their 6 dogs and very large family, including 10 grandchildren!  They are founders of the nonprofit, Harley's Dream, an animal welfare organization which educates the public about the cruel reality of the commercial dog breeding industry (also known as puppy mills).  They enjoy bike riding, camping, flying small aircraft, collecting wine, and of course, TRAVEL!  They also have a fabulous store in the same building as Happy Mango Beads - it's called Wishful Living and it's filled with all sorts of treasures they've imported during their travels.

The rest of the team at Happy Mango:

Kelly
Kelly is our office manager and if you've ever called or e-mailed us, it's likely you've talked to her.  Kelly dabbles in all sorts of crafts including drawing, painting, weaving, and embroidery.  She recently traveled to Hawaii with her grandparents, and fell in love with snorkeling and beach combing - hobbies that are a little difficult in Colorado!  She would love to see more of the world including Iceland, Scotland, Peru ... anywhere really!  Kelly also enjoys hiking and hanging out at home with her two cats, Bean and Pip.
 
Suzanne
Suzanne (Suz, to her friends) is our order-packing expert, and she wraps all your orders with extra care to ensure your beads arrive safely.  Suz is a mom, wife, and crazy for cats (especially her two, Jack and Yetti)!  She is passionate about helping others with their health and fitness, and loves to travel.  Recently she went on a hiking trip through the Scottish Highlands, and can't wait to go back!  Her favorite color is red and she loves Halloween.  She hopes to inspire everyone she meets and lives by her personal motto of "She who is brave is free".
 
Rachel
Rachel is our social media manager - find her on our Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter pages!  Rachel is an avid world traveler who loves diving into new cultures and experiencing all that life has to offer.  She recently took a long backpacking trip through India, Indonesia, Thailand, and Vietnam, and fell in love with their unique cooking styles and welcoming cultures.  Rachel loves her cat Navi, photography, and making her own jewelry with crystals and electroforming.  She has a small studio out of her house and runs a shop on Etsy, Lunar Stone Jewelry.  On the weekends, you can find her camping, hiking, and photographing in the great Colorado outdoors!
 
Jennifer
Jennifer does a little bit everything - she helps out in the office, packing orders, and taking photos of all our new beads.  She is a photographer who loves spending time in the outdoors - especially in the ocean!  Jennifer is also a scuba diver, wife, and dog-mom.  You can follow her basset hound Marty's adventures on our social media - he loves to visit the bead warehouse!  Jennifer is also quite crafty and loves beading and crocheting in her free time.
 
Debbie & Rich - profiles coming soon!