Alan Workman: Director of Sales
Alan graduated from Presbyterian College with a Bachelor of Science, chemistry major with a political science minor and has worked in various roles including: human resources, distribution manager, purchasing and production planning, and director of operations. In his current role, inclusive of Aroma Creations, he oversees the planning and operations in the compounding area where all of our house brands and Aroma Creations products are produced. His hobbies include playing golf and reading. He has been happily married for 10 years, and is a father to two beautiful girls, Madison and Riley.
Rachel Brown: Product Development Chemist
Rachel graduated from Winthrop University in May of 2006 with a Bachelor of Science in chemistry. Previously, she worked in Quality Control Laboratories for an assortment of chemical companies that specialized in substances from paint, polymer to pharmaceuticals. Currently, she works in the PD Laboratory for Grace Management Group where she develops new products and specializes in Fresh Scents sachets. Rachel is married and has one daughter, two dogs, two cats and one rabbit. Her goal is to own her own mini farm.
Ricardo Obando: R&D Lab Application Manager
Ricardo graduated from Piedmont College in Demorest, Georgia, in 2004 with a Bachelor of Science in chemistry. He has a combined 20 years of experience in research, development and/or operations. He has held various roles in directing, creating, developing, and scaling up products. He currently works for Grace Management Group as the R&D Laboratory Application Manager and is responsible for the instrument and PD Lab. He also develops and supports multiple lines of products including long-term innovating technologies and troubleshooting. He has been married for 23 years and has two boys.
Emily Arce: Perfumer
Emily is a homegrown perfumer, who declared her interest in the industry at the age of 8. After studying chemistry at Wofford College, she joined Grace Management Group where she learned her trade under technical perfumer, Mike Licciardello. Emily approaches each composition from a part musician, part chemist perspective that is harmoniously expressive and structured. She enjoys the delight and surprise that comes from a memory shared across the fragrance medium. When she isn’t smelling, Emily enjoys podcasts, knitting, and yoga.
Stacey Petty: Fragrance Lab Coordinator
Stacey was born and raised in Spartanburg, SC, and studied biology at Wofford College before joining Grace Management Group. Her role has since grown to facilitate our fragrance development process, promoting organization and communication within our team. Outside of work, Stacey enjoys spending time with her husband, Tyler, and their two children, as well as a great community of family and friends.
Sarah Boland: Regulatory Compliance Manager
Sarah is a consumer goods scientist with 14 years of experience. She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, with a Bachelor of Science in nutrition and a Master of Science in food science & technology. Sarah’s combined passions for food and process development led to a broad variety of experiences in the food and beverage industry, including process development for frozen foods and creating new beverages for The Coca-Cola Company. Sarah has since joined Aroma Creations as regulatory compliance manager. Her responsibilities include authoring SDS (Safety Data Sheets), as well as IFRA, GHS, CARB, and CPSC product/packaging labeling compliance for all Grace Management Group brands. Her hobbies include cooking and traveling with her husband and son.
Susie Smith: Analytical Chemist
Susie is a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi with a Bachelor’s Degree in Polymer Science. Her career with Grace Management Group started in the Product Development Lab where she worked with polymer gels, bath products, candle development and testing- included color, UV stability, and burn testing. Susie later transitioned into her current position in the Instrumentation Lab. Daily tasks include Quality control of chemicals and fragrances using Gas Chromatography, as well as assisting both Fragrance Team and Product Development lab with new projects. Other instruments used for Quality Control and Development include DSC, GC/MS, Karl Fischer, and IR.
In her free time, Susie enjoys hiking waterfalls, reading, and singing with both her local church choir and theatre groups.