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Over the past 25+ years (the “+” means I’m no longer counting the years), I have started and built eight companies within a variety of industries. I’ve also worked with entrepreneurs, service professionals, and corporate executives on everything from growth strategies to executive leadership, and more.
Among other things, I am a strategist helping professionals achieve growth with marketing and revenue strategies, often adding hundreds of thousands to a million+ annually to my clients’ bottom lines. I have helped clients discover new revenue streams, experience efficient growth, stand out from competitors, use online and offline strategies for increased leads and conversions, increase confidence and influence, brand with a compelling story, pitch and close with a unique approach, and more.
Using carefully planned strategies I successfully raised millions in both VC and angel funding, as well as acquired corporate sponsorship dollars (including Visa). In fact, I successfully raised $1.4 million of angel funding in under 45 days from strangers, but that’s a story to share over a great meal.
My very first entrepreneurial venture was a medical products company. With no previous experience I started that company in Clearwater, FL with a physician business partner and his medical inventions. I negotiated a $500K manufacturing deal in order to create an inventory of medical products without any upfront money (I had no choice because VCs threw an obstacle my way before cutting a check, so I solved it). My business partner and I successfully raised an initial round of $1.2 million from a venture capital group. I then executed on structuring a nationwide sales and distribution network on a shoestring budget in less than 30 days.
Just a short 21 months later that first business was successfully sold for millions of dollars to Ballard Medical Products (later acquired by Kimberly-Clark).
I often joke how I gave new meaning to “Murphy’s Law” in those early days while making mistakes and learning tough lessons on the fly.
From there, I wrote Inventing For Wealth, with a Foreword by world-renowned businessman Tony Robbins. I also appeared as a success story in Tony’s Personal Power infomercial that aired from 1993-95 (now we’re going down memory lane).
Since then I have created online and offline businesses, raised capital and sponsorship dollars for a few more companies, built a national sales and distribution force, taught people how to have an effective sales conversation and to brand with a compelling story, worked within a vast array of industries and businesses in every niche imaginable, tackled every facet of marketing, operations and management, produced commercials, infomercials and videos… and yada, yada.
It’s the yada, yada part that brought me to my love of helping professional women thrive with the right strategies.
It’s important to me that we’re a good fit for working together BECAUSE getting you results is my priority – that means you have to be ready to embrace the strategies I’ll bestow upon you (how’s that for word-smithing). You should also have a sense of humor (or at least be able to hold back tears when laughing). You like to have fun, right?
My favorite quote is by Will Rogers…
Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.