NEWARK – From football standout to aspiring policeman to food prep entrepreneur, Josh Link has traveled the path.
“I grew up on a farm in Granville,” he recalled, “with aspirations to play football at the next level.” Link was, in fact, a running back and defensive cornerback for Granville and was all-state honorable mention for cornerback when the Blue Aces won their league his senior year. He then played cornerback and outside linebacker four years at Wittenberg University when they won 3 NCAC conference championships.
“It wasn’t until early in my high school days when I made the decision to pursue law enforcement,” he added. “People always said I’d make a great cop, but I don’t see that happening now.”
That’s because he and his wife, Ashley, now own and run Newark-based Visionary Meals, providing meals Josh describes as “sourced locally, prepared perfectly and the most convenient.”
Link and his wife, both 25, both grew up in Granville and went to Granville schools. They both graduated from GHS in 2013. Josh earned letters in football and track while Ashley was a cheerleader. They both went to Wittenberg University. Josh continued with his sports and Ashley continued as a cheerleader. Then in their junior year, inspiration struck.
“One day Ashley and I were visiting her parents in Texas (they moved our freshman year of college) and we were leaving the gym from a workout,” Josh remembered. “We were hungry and wanted something fast, but healthy. We came across a meal prep business and went in to grab a quick meal. As we were sitting there, Ashley said, ‘This would be cool to bring back to Ohio. There isn’t anything like this.’ I agreed, and we started to fantasize about it.”
“The whole plane ride back,” he continued, “we started brainstorming what this might look like, the name, colors etc. etc.”
The couple graduated, married and moved back to Granville. Ashley got a job at a local bank – and Josh started having dreams “about this meal prepping business.”
“Being a man of faith,” he recalled, “this led me into many nights of asking God for direction. I couldn’t wrap my mind around the fact He was considering something other than law enforcement, given that was my choice of career for the longest time.”
Finally, he added, “I sat down with Ashley one night and said, ‘All I can think about is this calling for Visionary Meals.’”
They finalized “a pretty solid business plan” and Visionary Meals was born. “We have plans to someday create a nonprofit,” Josh explained, “to provide nutritional food to kids around the world who may be less fortunate. It’s a vision within a vision.”
“Nothing makes me prouder,” Ashley said, “than watching Josh live out the purpose God set before him.”
“Eating healthy was always a focus of mine,” Josh responded, “but never something I thought I would pursue as a career. Now, I couldn’t be more excited for the future of Visionary Meals.”
For more information about Visionary Meals, call 740-877-9559 or log on www.visionarymeals.com.
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