Meet The Maker
In order to make a difference in the world, you have to care about the communities in which you do business. As a philanthropist and small business owner, I pride myself on thinking of others first and making decisions that are best for the environment and my neighbor.
Any company leader will say that their job is to drive sales and increase market share. But to me, being a profitable business is not enough. Our business strategy is simple - leave the world a better place than we found it. I, along with my team, are building a socially conscience company that is focused on charitable giving and community enrichment. We believe in doing what we can to drive revenue back into the community by teaching people to fish. We are not "bottom line" focused, our charge is: If not us, who? If not now, when?
Fleurty Wick Candle is “more than just a candle company”, we are making a difference. Social awareness coupled with a phenomenal product is my idea of success. As we continue to grow, I am excited to see what the future holds and what impact we will make in society.
While providing luxurious illumination to the world, we lift others out of poverty. Doesn’t get any better than that.
Kim M. Braud
Kim M. Braud is the owner/operator of Fleurty Wick Candle Co, a boutique candle manufacturing company located in Atlanta, Georgia. The company manufactures private label products for retail, residential and commercial spaces. A leader in this space, Fleurty Wick is the only African American Woman Owned candle manufacturing and supply company in the state of Georgia that offers over 300 scents and over 125 vessel choices, accompanied by workshops and coaching classes. Her strategy of pairing a great product with marketing support and coaching ensures the success of her clients. She is also the owner of Lagniappe Investment Group.
Previously, Braud served as the Affinity Sales Management Consultant for Nationwide Insurance, where she was responsible for prospecting, researching and identifying new groups to present the benefits of the Nationwide Affinity program. In that role, she generated more than $260 million for the Southwest Regional Operation. Over the course of her career with Nationwide, she also worked as an Operations Business Support Consultant responsible for identifying and executing market campaigns, improving community presence, brand awareness and lead generation. She has over twenty years of experience in the areas of claims, training, marketing and corporate communications
Widely regarded for her industry expertise, her passion for community service is evident by her active involvement in the community. She has served as Board Chair for the American Red Cross Minority Recruitment Board, and has also served as a board member with the Executive Women’s Golf Association, Metropolitan Atlanta American Red Cross Chapter Board, SafeKids GA, Children’s Restoration Network, Army Explorers, Atlanta Fire Foundation, Gwinnett Habitat for Humanity Think Tank, and was the Co-Chair for the Mentor committee of the SafeAmerica Foundation.
She has been a dedicated volunteer of United Way of Greater Atlanta for several years, serving as a Community Investment Volunteer, an Independent Panel Reviewer, and is a 2019 United Way Volunteer Investment Program participant. She has served as an Employee Campaign Manager for Nationwide Insurance (Alabama, Georgia and South Carolina) from 2007-2013. She has also served as the Homeless Representative of the Community Investment Committee (2013-2015), which makes funding recommendations to the United Way Board of Directors.
Braud organized The Collab Atlanta, an initiative of Fleurty Wick Candle to provide a collaborative space for women owned businesses. Each month she hosts a Women's Entrepreneur Roundtable event to provide resources to women owned businesses. The intimate event of 20 women provide a safe space to share and grow. From business concept to million-dollar organizations, there is representation every step of the way.
Braud has been featured in the 2010 through 2020 issues of Who’s Who in Black Atlanta, is the recipient of the 2017 American Red Cross Special Citation for Exceptional Volunteer Service, the 2012 Presidential Drum Major for Service Volunteer Service Award, and several other community awards. She was also featured in the fall 2011 edition of the Strayer University Scholar Magazine and was recognized in the September 2014 and 2018 issues of The Atlantan as a Woman of Power and Influence. She was interviewed in 2019 by The Dekalb Champion Newspaper and Voyage ATL. Additionally she is a 2021 NAWBO Fellow and a graduate of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women Program.
A native of New Orleans, Louisiana, she currently lives in Atlanta, Georgia.