Meet the Muddy Squad


Jonathan Thoresen
Received his BA from Palm Beach Atlantic University where he studied music industry and business management. While he was in his senior year of college he co-founder Vicarious D music LLC, where he currently possesses 50% ownership. For Vicarious D he does audio engineering, business management, remixing, DJing and connecting musicians. He recently secured his first investment for VIcarious D, allowing the business to acquire assets for future music production, recording, and for touring in the future. He received experience working with Social Media for PBAU and Vicarious D. While with Quinteassence his rolls are business planning, ethnobotanical brewmaster, management, social media specialist, event planning and marketing. Outside of work Jonathan enjoys listening to music, acro-yoga and reading.

 Earnest Odom 

Sales Floor Specialist at Target and formerly an Attractions Operator and Department Trainer  for LEGOLAND Florida, Earnest holds an AA degree at Polk State College with a focus in Business Administration and Computer Science with hopes to extend that education to a Bachelor's. Also with prior involvement in direct advertising, marketing, and financial accounting and with a strong interest in public entertainment, island culture, and local businesses, he is pursuing a future in owning/managing a cafe or lounge business. Earnest finds some of his strongest skills in customer service and being able to continuously makes things right for the people he helps and serves. Outside of his career, Earnest has a deep passion for the fine arts; having years of experience with several musical genres, as well as different mediums and styles of traditional art from paper/pen to digital and 3-D. With a wide set of skills, and a humor to boot, Earnest plans to develop and grow within Quinteassence as a "Kavasseur" to hone in the experience needed to help run a business.

Emily Skaggs
Sous Chef and FOH Manager at Sweet Magnolias Tea Bistro formerly Garde Manger at Lakeland Yacht and Country Club. Responsible for development of new menu items, scheduling and hiring of team members, ordering stock and creating stock par lists, tracking sales trends and staffing based off of predicted sales, selecting vendors and maintaining overall guest satisfaction through proper checks and balances.Her general achievements include: managing department of eleven people, increasing overall kitchen cleanliness and organization based on health department standard and improvement of line production by 15 percent. She is familiar with Adobe Photoshop, Microsoft Products including Excel and Publisher and also Constant Contact.  When Emily isn’t at work her passions include gardening, organic sourcing and cooking, and music theory with prior experience in a concert performance setting. Emily plans to help develop Quinteassence into a functioning tea and botanical beverage bar with her prior experience in business ownership and small business development and continue with the business managing staff and growing the business through marketing and consistent guest satisfaction.

 David Hockenbury 

He studied biology at PBAU for two years, where he met Jonathan Thoresen, their friendship over the years brought him to Quinteassence. After college he went on to work at a local art/functional glass gallery where he learned management skills and the inner workings of how small independent businesses work and operate. He took these management skills to manage and work as head cook in a local restaurant in Sebastian FL. As he learns vendor skills through Quinteassence, he plans to open his own import bizarre and vend at festivals, selling various unusual imported goods and organic materials from around the world. He owes his life to Kratom and Kava, it helped him out of the darkness, to drop pain killers and heroin and see life in a better way. He has a passion for Fire performing, art, music and DJing.