Meet Cheryl Rigdon, Inventor of the Spatty Product Line
Cheryl Rigdon has a Master’s Degree in Speech Pathology with an undergraduate degree in Special Education and worked in that field for many years before she invented Spatty. Cheryl is now working full time on Spatty and taking care of her 3-year-old daughter.
Cheryl has always been a problem-solver, and when she got annoyed by not being able to access the product at the bottom of her expensive bottles of make-up and lotion, she came up with a solution. That solution was Spatty. After creating the perfect tool for her dilemma in the bathroom, she decided that the same tool, only bigger, could be used in the kitchen, garage and throughout the home, so the Spatty family of tools was born.
Cheryl did most of the development of Spatty by herself. Her husband, mom and dad were very supportive and helpful. Her husband works as a project manager in a factory, so he was able to offer some insight, but Spatty is totally Cheryl's creation.
Cheryl in the Shark Tank
Cheryl’s pitch for Spatty on ABC's hit show Shark Tank was fairly straightforward; there weren’t a lot of overly controversial moments, and she was pleased with the final cut.
“What you saw on TV was pretty much how it happened. One thing that made it hard was everyone was asking questions at the same time, so they were hard to understand. I wanted to answer everyone, but it was hard, because they were all asking at the same time. I felt a little awkward because I was standing and everyone else was sitting, it didn't’t feel personable.
"When we all started laughing, it really made me more comfortable, and it made the experience fun! Kevin O‘Leary was very nice; he helped me during my pitch and answered questions. I think it’s funny they wanted to call him ‘Spatty Daddy;’ it can only help the brand!
"The best part of being on Shark Tank was meeting Daymond. He has been fantastic in helping me with the many emails I have gotten because of the show, and he has given me some great connections to help my business."
Cheryl Rigdon, the teacher, almost came out during the pitch:
“It was hard because they were all laughing. Robert and Lori kept bringing the rest of [the Sharks] back to the pitch because they were all joking around. At one point, everyone was talking at the same time, and they kept interrupting me as I was answering questions. I felt like I was dealing with my kids and I was thinking to myself, “Y’all take turns!’”
Cheryl Gives Back
Cheryl has a passion for helping others, and she is using her invention to help change people's lives. There are 800 million people in the world who do not have access to clean, safe water. If they drink their water, it will make them sick.
In America, we take the ability to turn on the faucet and get safe water for granted. Cheryl is doing her part by donating a percentage of her profits to providing clean water to third world countries. It is a fact that access to clean, safe water can change people's lives. Know that by making a purchase with Cheryl, you are helping people who desperately need it.
"For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also." (Matthew 6:19-21)