Having matriculated from St Michael’s Girls School in Bloemfontein in 1989, Julia Matthews went on to work for corporate companies and several of her family businesses. After the birth her son, she became a stay at home mom for a few years. Julia comes from a Greek Family that has been in the hospitality industry for many years and she says like most Greek children, she grew up in their family businesses and learned from an early age to work well with customers and how to manage a business.

“We were taught that, to achieve something in life, you need to work hard, be loyal and honest in all that you do.”

When the opportunity arose for her to work for her brother, the Owner of well known restaurant Cubaña Bloemfontein, she saw it as a huge opportunity and challenge to work in an environment that she was and still is very comfortable in. “My brother knew I would fit right in at Cubaña because of my personality and passion for people and here I am 6 years later!”

As a woman managing a business that is stereotyped to be run by a man, she says it has been challenging and has its fair share of ups and downs and has been kept grounded by remembering that all you need to survive is good organizing skills, a passion for people and you need to be comfortable with who you are because nothing else matters.

Out of all the things she’s proud of, she is particularly proud of being a respectful “Boss Lady” and a proud mom of a fabulous 18-year-old in Matric this year and she is a woman who rocks because she is able to adapt to any situation no matter what it takes!

Her hopes and dreams for the future include working harder, becoming more successful and hopefully owning her own business once again.