Grinding to the top, former barista is now a company executive

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — You’ve heard of folks working their way to the top, right? They start at the bottom of the totem pole and over time, go from taking orders to giving them.

From a high school job working as a barista to now a company executive , Sarah Meriam is excited to still be working for Port City Java.

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Meriam said she never pictured herself working in the corporate office.

She said at first it was a fun job brightening peoples day while working in the cafes.

The former barista said working hard can open a lot of opportunities but she looks back on her past to help her in her current role.



“Falling back on my experience and knowing what it’s like to start from the ground up and working in the cafe every single day, I always fall back on my experience and ya know different ways I can help them grow their business based on that,” Meriam said.

She was only 17 when she started at Port City Java, now at 32 she’s the director of franchise operations.

Meriam said she is excited to see how she grows while working for the company.

Tomorrow is American Business Women’s Day.