After graduating from college, I had plans to go to law school. However, the untimely death of my father in 1978, led to my career as a 2nd generation owner and operator of our family’s business, Arab Pest Control of Florida, Inc. Over the twelve years from 1977 to 1989, I had the privilege to work with an amazing team of people who helped grow the business from a $3,000,000 Tampa Bay business to a state-wide $15,000,000 regional competitor. Growth was achieved through both internal sales, as well as, acquisitions. I subsequently sold the business to Waste Management and went on to hold the position of Florida District Manager with responsibility for 31 offices, 600 employees and over $50,000,000 in annual revenue. These years took me through the process of learning how to build, lead and prosper in a closely held private business to the fast paced management demands required in a publicly traded company.
After 2 years with Waste Management, I realized there was just ‘too much entrepreneur’ in me to continue to work in corporate America. That is when I founded Acquisition Strategies, Inc. (later known as Acquis). We specialized in Merger & Acquisition consulting, business brokering, fair market valuations and development of owner exit strategies – all specifically designed for the pest control and lawn care industries. During my 17 year tenure with Acquis, I also led a CEO roundtable group with The Executive Committee helping to coach, develop and provide accountability for 12 corporate CEO’s representing a variety of service, retail and manufacturing industries. Their companies ranged in annual revenues of $3 to $25 million.
During my time with Acquis, I also partnered with my husband, Tom, and worked alongside him as he built The Entrepreneurs Source (TES). At TES we helped people who wanted to be in business for themselves assess their background, skills, strengths and weaknesses. We worked to find and explore their best options. Then we moved then through the process of making the changes necessary to go into business for themselves.
My life journey combined with all my career experience has been instrumental in creating the person that I am today. It is clear that it was all in preparation for the work I am doing with this amazing program called Identity and Destiny.
Having gone through the program myself, I can truly say – for the first time in my life – that I know who I am…and why I am here!