Here’s what you need to understand: I am no amateur!
I am a trailblazer who fought my way to the top of the accounting food chain at a time when the industry was dominated by men who had no interest letting a woman have her slice of their pie.
I became a Certified Public Accountant, was an all-star employee, then started my own business and killed it at that too. When my youngest daughter was just 10 months old, I grew my business from one employee bringing in about $200,000 each year to a 40-employee empire with an annual revenue of more than $4 million – something less than three percent of women entrepreneurs in the US and Canada can claim.
That is the woman you have on your side.
One on my mantras is, “numbers tell a story and they never lie.” I teach my clients to understand what the numbers in their businesses are really saying to help address red flags before they become black holes that drain essential resources from the business (and the owner).
My track-record speaks for itself. After nearly 30 years of work, I have already helped launch and grow hundreds of small businesses while training entrepreneurs to be leaders in their industries.
But hitting the seven-figure mark forced me to look at my life and take inventory of the things I placed above my family, my health and myself.
For me, the light bulb blazed after playing hooky with my now college bound daughters – on a Monday. In all the fun, my girls told me that was the first time I had ever ditched work on a weekday just to be with them. That’s when I realized I needed to make a change.
I went on a mission to have it all and, you guessed it, I managed to accomplish that too. I knew there had to be a way to remain a powerful business leader while still making time for my husband and my daughters, taking more vacations and spending precious moments with my aging mother. That’s when I uncovered the methods that created the balance between booming business and the priorities in my personal life.
Now, through my work at Anavo Transformation Solutions, I teach business owners who know they have a greater purpose and are ready to dig themselves out of the minutia of the day-to-day distractions and take back their lives. I demonstrate how to turn a business into an engine that can work without constant supervision so that entrepreneurs can feed themselves spiritually instead of draining their passion at the expense of the people and things they love.
I help entrepreneurs who want to learn how to take charge of their time while still growing in business and raking in revenue like never before.
I am the proud recipient of many accolades including the Washington Business Journal’s Minority Business Leader Award, the Maryland Top 100 Minority Business Enterprise Award, Enterprising Woman of the Year Award, SmartCEO Magazine’s Smart CPA Award, and the BRAVA! Top Women CEO Award.
The choice is yours. Do you want to work with a leader who has a track record of running highly successful businesses and has already helped hundreds of other small businesses launch and grow? Or do you want to stay where you are forever?
If you are an entrepreneur who is ready to live abundantly, if you are ready to get out of the weeds and take control of your business.
10 facts about me:
- I’ve known that I wanted to be an Accountant and an Entrepreneur since I was in high school after taking my first accounting class ever. Numbers have always been my thing. I believe I got it honestly from my parents. My mother was a Budget Analyst and my father was an Engineer.
- I am an avid reader. You can always find me with a business, leadership, inspirational or self help book in my hand. I try to read at least three books each month. I am so obsessed with reading that I have to put myself on a book diet frequently. I believe information is power and increasing your knowledge gives you leverage.
- As a native Washingtonian (Washington, DC that is), I absolutely love Go-Go music. My kids make fun of me, but it’s ok. You can take the girl out of DC but you can’t take DC out of the girl.
- I am unapologetically in love with God! He goes everywhere I go and He guides my every step. I embrace his presence in all aspects of my life and incorporate His lessons and directions as I mentor business owners. God is my CEO.
- Second to God, my family is most important. They are the fuel behind what I do. My husband, Pat, has been my number one supporter and encourager. In fact, without his very strong nudge, I would not have started my first business. My girls, Kayla and Krista, mean the world to me. They are truly the WHY behind my WHAT. My mother, who is my best friend, also made it possible for me to be in business. She stopped what she was doing and retired to care for my children and my household so I could work the very crazy hours of a business owner.
- I am a Facebook fanatic. I love being social on this social medium. I have been fascinated to see just how the six degrees of separation has reduced down to one degree. You want to know what I am thinking? Find me on Facebook.
- I love birthdays, vacations, and massages and one is not more important than the other. I’ve learned that the only way to be a successful and balanced entrepreneur is to care for yourself first and care for yourself often. Therefore, I make a big deal of my birthday. I take two or three long vacations each year. I have a massage any and every chance I can get.
- I love to travel and see new things and create new experiences. I’ve been to many places to include England, France, Italy, Switzerland, Hawaii, Mexico, Jamaica, Bermuda, Bahamas, and looking to experience more. What’s on my bucketlist? Not much, because I make certain I satisfy my cravings and go where I want and see what I want. That’s why we are in business, right? To see the world and love our lives.
- Much to the surprise of many, I am an introvert. While I absolutely love people, I need my alone time. That’s when my creative juices flow. I need space to roll up my sleeves and deliver my genius!
- I am absolutely in love with the success and growth of small businesses. So much so that I’ve dedicated my entire professional career to that endeavor. While many of my colleagues have worked for Government and fortune 500 businesses, I’ve remained planted strong in supporting small business. I know how they tick. I know what they struggle with. I know how to get them over the hurdles. I know how to help them make the transition from plateau to profiting.