How did you get your first start in business?
Ten years ago someone said to me "I hear so many wonderful things about your Pilates training, you should open your own business. I will help you get started because I believe in you and I think you could succeed in business." I opened my Pilates studio April 1st, 2004. Not a fool. LOL
How did your parents influence you as a business owner?
My parents were proud of my accomplishments. That was important to me.
How long have you lived here?
I have lived in Easton for 25 wonderful years.
What's your favorite thing about living here?
Location, location, location. I enjoy the parks, trails and conservation areas. Easton takes great pride to protect its resources. Also, I love the community spirit and involvement of the people of Easton. The Easton schools rank higher than average.
What's a business mistake you've made that later you were glad you did?
I thought at first staying true to self and the work of Joseph Pilates would end up hurting my business because I wasn't doing what everyone else was doing and being trendy. But in the long run it has proved to be my most outstanding asset in the Pilates world and mostly responsible for my success.
Tell us something about yourself that most of your neighbors don't know.
Most people do not know that I'm an opera singer. I have sung and performed for many years on and off. When you run a small business you wear many hats, but opera is not one of them. So I think most people would be surprised about my creative side.
What's the best business advice you've ever received?
When you feel like giving up you must carry on. Always be a front runner in your business. Don't give up too much control if you want your vision to be a reality.
What advice would you give to a small business owner just starting out?
You must be willing to do things other people don't want to do. You need to trust your instincts and be one step ahead of the competition. And in my opinion its imperative to lead with your heart.
What do you look for when you hire?
Someone who has passion, integrity and is a student of life and wants to keep learning. I've been in business for 10 years and I'm still learning. Quality training is very important and someone who is committed and wants to invest in themselves.