What would you consider you biggest professional break? “Becoming involved with TSA, which subsequently morphed into PBA. So many doors were opened and friendships developed which helped us through good and challenging times. Outside of the industry, my biggest break was meeting a client, who, at the time was the Deputy Administrator of the Small Business Administration. Melanie Sabelhaus is a business owner, entrepreneur, mother, fund-raiser—she does it all and she became a dear friend and huge mentor in life. She asked me to be part of the Women Business Leaders Summit, and I was fortunate enough to travel to Latvia and Jordan. The possibility of participating in international business conferences and partnering with other women from the industry was invaluable.”
What’s the best business advice anyone ever gave you? “Location, location, location! It is the only thing I remember from the two years I slaved away getting my MBA.”
What business achievement are you most proud of? “2012 marks our 15-year anniversary for our salon/spa. I am proud of the fact that we still have one original team member, Rodney Pinion. I am grateful that we have survived such turbulent times: 9/11, a recession, weather related challenges, and that we continue to stay open and optimistic about the future. I am proud of what we’ve bee able to accomplish in the community through fundraising. Our work with Children’s Hospital and the American Red Cross has been the most rewarding experience we’ve had since opening.
What the best business book you’ve ever read? The Tipping Point, by Malcolm Gladwell.
What do you hope to achieve in the next five years? I plan to a) continue to give back to the community on a personal level by volunteering at the local hospital once a week, b) celebrate my 25-year wedding anniversary in 2012 and work to achieve a better work/life balance now that we are empty nesters, c) start a $15,000 annual scholarship fund in 2012 to support our local beauty schools and encourage young people to pursue a career in cosmetology, d)become more politically active especially in the 2012 presidential campaign; and e)schedule more time off to travel and see the world.”