It all started when…

Greg and I were looking over our budget and trying to figure how to best save for our kids’ futures. We knew that we could pay our kids to work for Greg’s business, but needed a job that four-year-old twins could reasonably do to receive pay. At the same time, we were brainstorming how to get our kids more involved in our small town and decided that we’d deliver cookies to various city and county offices, nursing homes, libraries, nonprofits, and businesses. We put the two ideas together and came up with the idea for turning cookies into a marketing product.

We are like many in our generation- budgeting for daily living, paying student loans, and trying to save for both our retirement and our kids’ futures. We imagined other small business owners would appreciate a marketing product that would allow them to both grow awareness of their company and build savings for their children, one cookie at a time. And if they could get a box delivered right to their door, full of supplies they’d need? Even better.

Let’s get baking!

– Marion Wiggins, Founder and CEO

The Wiggins Family

Who We Are

Marion grew up in Tempe, Arizona with her parents and two younger brothers. After receiving a BA in English from Wellesley College and a Masters of Science in Deaf Education from Washington University in St. Louis, Marion taught fourth grade at Sunshine Cottage School for Deaf Children in San Antonio, Texas. When Marion and Greg moved to Kentucky, she worked as a vocational rehabilitation counselor for the state and completed a Post Graduate Certificate in Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling from the University of Kentucky. When the couple moved back to Texas, Marion stayed home with the twins until they were 7 months old. Her return to the workforce in city government allowed her to continue advocating for children and families. She’s always finding new ways to engage the twins in learning through experiences within the community. Fortune Cookie is an intersection of many of her passions- family strengthening, learning, and engaging in the community.

The value of service was passed on to Greg at an early age.  His father proudly served in the U.S. Navy and upon graduating High School Greg enlisted in the Marine Corps Infantry.  An injury sustained during training shortened Greg’s service but lit the embers of his desire to help others in a different way.  Greg attended the college of Nursing at Murray State University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing.  Greg’s first nursing job was at Duke University Medical Center working int the Trauma/Transplant Intensive Care Unit.  After six years of ICU nursing Greg returned to Murray State University and graduated in December 2013 as a Nurse Anesthesiologist. In 2018 Greg formed his own anesthesia company, Revolution Anesthesia.  The research Greg undertook to form his anesthesia company provided the spark for Marion and Greg to start Fortune Cookie in August 2019.

The twins, Annie and Georgie, are the original Fortune Cookie Kids. Annie loves all animals, 1990’s kid movies, and singing. Georgie can’t go more than 15 minutes without talking about lizards and is constantly on the move.

Chef Kenny’s interest in cooking began while sitting at the kitchen counter watching his mom cook dinner. In high school he worked at a local restaurant, first washing dishes and then moving all the way up to sous chef before even graduating high school. Chef Kenny attended trade school to become an auto mechanic, but after two years away from the kitchen, he returned to his first calling. Chef Kenny worked in several North Scottsdale, Arizona restaurants before accepting a position at a local college where he runs a café, teaches culinary courses, and oversees the sustainability program. He is also Marion’s kid brother.

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