Louisa Davis, as a business owner, has always been known as a person with incredible determination who strives for excellence in everything she does. After attending the University of Washington, Davis started her career with NBC Los Angeles before working for Hallmark Cards where for multiple years she was recognized as their Top Salesperson Worldwide.
After the birth of her second child, she spent the next 20 years building Elegant Gourmet, a successful candy manufacturing company that she started out of her kitchen. Elegant Gourmet created high quality handmade confections for major brands like Nordstrom, Starbucks, Williams Sonoma, Crate & Barrel, Costco, Safeway, and Target. Davis employed 900 people and had factories on 2 continents. Davis has been featured multiple times on the Food Network, in Oprah Magazine and other National publications for the superior products and company she created.
Davis and her company were heavily involved in the community both through volunteering and donations. Davis donated 1000’s of items on an annual basis to a variety of nonprofit organizations. As part of their community outreach program, Davis hosted tours for schools, youth organizations and the community, teaching about business and manufacturing and why “if you want to own a candy company someday it is important to be good at math and science”! Through Elegant Gourmet Davis supported the Millionaires club of Seattle, an organization within United Way, that provides training & job placement services to both the unhoused & displaced blue-collar workers who were encountering economic hardships.
In each industry with which she has been involved, Davis has excelled and been awarded top honors for her vision, leadership, creativity and philanthropy. Glamour Magazine recognized her as one of the 12 most successful women in the country and she was a finalist for the “Nellie Cashman Award” sponsored by NOW as well as being an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award Finalist.
Her greatest passion is helping young people. In addition to the volunteer work done through the company Davis has been on the boards of 2 international youth organizations that work to empower young people to create positive change in the world and celebrate diversity and tolerance: Challenge Day and Up with People.
In 2014 Louisa moved to Rancho Mirage from the Seattle area after the sale of her company. She had been vacationing in the desert for over 25 years and had vowed to one day own a home in our great city. She chose Rancho Mirage because of its natural beauty, central location, low crime rate, consistent property values and overall aesthetic throughout the entire city. Louisa has since spent her time in Rancho Mirage building a boutique property management company that helps owners locate both long term and vacation renters for properties throughout the Coachella valley. In her free time, Louisa enjoys traveling, volunteering, and spending time with her husband and two adult children.