MARRIAGE

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Martell & Melody Holt

THE stars of OWN's 'Love and Marriage: Huntsville'

PHOTOGRAPHY+Tez Davenport

By Ayana Turner+iPUSH Lead Journalist

Martell and Melody Holt are proving why you can have it all from love and marriage, to family and business. From their chemistry on set to their exclusive interview with iPUSH Magazine, the Holts are proving just why they mean business.

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iPUSH: You two bring such a dynamic edge to marriage and business from Holt Custom Homes LLC, to Holt & Holt Entrepreneurship LLC, motivational speaking, becoming television personalities with Love & Marriage: Huntsville which airs on the OWN television network, and now to your new book “The 9 To 5 Entrepreneur.” How do you two find that balance between family and business?
Melody: We learned over time because we have been in business together 10 plus years and married 11 years this July. We realized there is no such thing as balance. It’s really about prioritizing what needs immediate attention and what can be taken care of tomorrow. Now to say it’s been a walk in the park would be a total lie (she laughs). However, we are thankful that we have been able to build and grow together in business, personally, and as family unit. As an entrepreneur, your mind never stops working, you know. You are always exploring the NEXT big thing. For us, continuing to build and grow our brand while helping others along the way is very important to us, hence the writing of our new book.

iPUSH: There has been such a stereotype or fear that couples can’t harmoniously work together successfully in a business, and you two seem to have that secret to it all. When did you realize what you two were building actually worked?
Martell: From the beginning of our relationship, we were partners cutting grass and cleaning commercial properties for clients. It is not magic or anything like that, it was just something that worked well for us.
Melody: We learned and recognized over the years the importance of what needs to stay at the office, and what doesn’t need to make it home. At the end of the day, yes, we are business partners but we are still husband and wife, so still being romantic and spending quality time together is at the top of our list. We aren’t just Martell and Melody the CEO and COO. We are husband and wife, life partners, best friends… It’s really not a HUGE phenomenon or secret. It happened with and for us, and it can happen for any couple willing to work together.

iPUSH: Now in the opening of the show Love & Marriage: Huntsville, it deems you all as being self-made millionaires. In your own words, what does being self-made mean and the work behind that term?
Martell: I look at it as saying you started from nothing, there were no handouts, or you didn’t inherit a lot of money, or a $200,000 advance from your family. It means really starting from the ground up because Mel and I began as teachers and then we started our business from a small amount of money. We bought a little lawn mower and we saved our money up, and then we went to the next level. Now we are building and developing houses, purchasing real estate, and making investments.

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