Strategic FRANCHISE CONSULTING IS VERY Personal
But rest assured, it is a highly confidential and professional process, during which I learn a lot about not only my candidates’ professional backgrounds, but also their strengths, experience, interests, hobbies, etc. I'll explain the process itself in just a moment, but since I am going to learn so much about you, first it’s only fair that I start by telling you a little bit about myself.
I grew up in Virginia; my father was a state trooper, so we moved every time he was promoted; we lived everywhere from the Shenandoah Valley to the suburbs of Washington, DC. I’m a Virginia Tech grad and I'm married to a Notre Dame guy who grew up in New Jersey—we were married in the Basilica of the Sacred Heart at the University of Notre Dame. We’ve lived on both coasts, enjoying the nautical charm of living near the confluence of the Chesapeake Bay and Atlantic Ocean, the majesty of the Pacific Northwest, and now the best of both worlds—beaches and mountains—in southern California.
We have two adult children. Our daughter graduated from the University of Notre Dame (Mechanical Engineering) and after achieving the rank of Captain in the United States Marine Corps, she now works for a national defense contractor and attends law school. Our son graduated from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania (Economics, Finance, and Accounting); he is currently a 1st Lieutenant in the United States Air Force and is making preparations to begin his career in wealth management.
I love health, fitness, and the outdoors. I particularly enjoy running and hiking. I surf and scuba-dive periodically. My husband is a private pilot so I ride 'right seat' in a Cessna and have even started paying attention to what's going on inside the cockpit! One of my husband’s favorite sayings is "A mile of road will take you a mile… A mile of runway will take you anywhere!"
Speaking of embarking on new adventures, one of the reasons I love helping people make life-changing career transitions is that I’ve made a whole bunch of life changes myself. I’m a firm believer that there is always room for self-improvement in both our personal and professional lives. My parents, family, and friends mean the world to me. I love my church. I enjoy volunteering in my community. I’m actively involved in my college sorority alumnae chapter and I’m a member of the Junior League of San Diego.
I can relate to my candidates who want the freedom and independence that comes with business ownership because I left the corporate world myself in my early 30’s. My father was terminally ill and I wanted to be with my family during that time, and I couldn’t do that while I was still working for someone else. Although I had a very successful career doing franchise development, I was still an employee and even back then I knew that I ultimately wanted to be off on my own, just like the placements I was helping to go into business for themselves. So I made the leap of faith and quit my well-paying job so that I could be closer to my father in the final years of his life. That’s when I went into business for myself and I have never looked back!