Filipino immigrants Carol Sibbaluca and husband Sam were living an average American life–working a 9 to 5 job, raising a daughter, paying bills, and saving for the future– when they realized their income alone just won’t cut it and they needed more.
“My husband is into Information Technology (IT) and I was a retail manager of an import-export company. We wanted to send our daughter to college with no financial assistance so we needed the extra income.”
With their daughter Katrina as the major driving force, they set out to change the direction and future of their family.
It all started with a friendly invitation to a dinner presentation of Saladmaster. “My husband is from the Philippine Military Academy (PMA Cl ‘82),” Carol said, “His friend, Jimmy Garcia, a pilot and a member of PMA Cl’85, and wife Meden hosted a health and nutrition show and they invited us.”
Saladmaster, Inc. is a direct selling company which offers cookware made in the U.S.A. using carefully selected American and Swiss stainless steel. And it’s backed by a Limited Lifetime Warranty, so people can enjoy their cookware for decades.
Initially, Carol was skeptical of the product “We have been Saladmaster owners since 1982 in the Philippines. My mom bought it in Singapore.
Back then, I was not sure if it was a great product.” But seeing firsthand the benefits of owning the cookware and because Sam had medical issues, they decided to give it a try. They purchased a set, not knowing that Saladmaster would soon turn into a business venture.
“I like healthy eating and my husband has high cholesterol so I said why not get the natural vitamins, minerals, and nutrients directly from the food,” Carol shared.
It was not until 2004 that they joined the Spirit of Success Program of Saladmaster, first as a trainee in Panorama City, California working their way up the ranks. “When we started, it was just a part-time job,” she said.
The couple worked long hours. In no time, they saw the fruits of their labor and decided to make a change: Saladmaster now became a full-time job.
Originally from Guagua, Pampanga, Carol believes the key to success is “having the passion and the ability to overcome disappointments and failures that come along the way.”
“Each person has their own passion; it may be selling, photography, or cooking and that [passion] is what you will pursue,” she told Fil-Am Who’s Who.
2006 proved to be a fantastic year for Sam and Carol. They got their promotion as Direct Dealers. After working with their promoting dealer for two (2) years they moved to New Jersey and opened their own business–Supreme Health Systems LLC.
Supreme Health Systems LLC is an authorized distributor of Saladmaster in New York and New Jersey. In the Tri-State area, there are about 10 dealers authorized to distribute Saladmaster products.
Carol admits Saladmaster gave her “financial independence” and enabled her to be her own boss.
Like any business, Supreme Health System LLC faced some growing pains. “When we started, being able to have people join and believe in the product [was difficult.] “
“Saladmaster cookware is priced like a major kitchen appliance depending on the cookware set one is investing on. But the product speaks for itself. The quality of the actual product and the benefits it gives—makes people know that it is more than worth to invest on it.”
All their hard work paid off when Katrina earned her nursing degree from Cypress College in California. She joined the family business full-time and now runs her own business, Supreme Health Systems of New York LLC.
Today, Carol and Sam are giving back to the community by helping about 40 consultants in their group achieve their goals. Supreme Health Systems LLC has two offices: one in Jersey City, New Jersey and another in Woodside, New York. They also have a satellite office in Connecticut and plan to expand operations in Massachusetts.
Sam and Carol have received numerous awards and recognition making them ideal examples for the next generation of entrepreneurs.
“Success in this field takes sacrifice, time, and commitment. A person should have a purpose and [be able to] answer the question why do you want to do this [kind of work], Carol said, “This is not an overnight success. It takes hard work and commitment.”
The couple spends their free time by watching movies, shopping, or traveling.–Maricar CP Hampton