LINGZHI “ALLEN” XIONG,” Manufacturing Coordinator
After growing up up in Nanchang in the Jiangxi Province in southeastern China, Lingzhi graduated from college with a degree in English. Although her father encouraged her to be an English teacher, Lingzhi thought sales sounded much more intriguing. While doing just that at a printing factory, Lingzhi fell in love with a fellow salesman who knew a lot about product making. Over the next several years, he established his own company in the hopes of giving her a better life and they got married. Lingzhi soon joined him at the company, which they now run together, with Lingzhi handling all foreign clients and some customers in China. To make dealing with English speakers a little easier, Lingzhi took to using the American name “Allen.” In addition to Storytime Toys’ products, Lingzhi and her husband produce a long list of paper items including paper bags, boxes, cards, toys and children’s books.
In 2015, after being married for one year, Lingzhi and her husband were thrilled to have a son. Today, Lingzhi and her husband strive for the perfect balance between parenthood and work. Like most new parents, they don't even have time to go to the cinema together! She and her husband care very much about their business and are very busy. But, as she puts it, they also want to raise their son together and for him to “feel father and mother in his small heart.”