07/30/2013 10:09AM ● Published by Style
Photo by Dante Fontana, © Style Media Group
Describe your business. Did you find it, or did it find you?
I design and handcraft sterling silver and gemstone jewelry in my studio. I began making jewelry as a hobby, and soon found I had a knack for it. Recently, I began creating pieces for celebrity swag bags (at the Golden Globe Awards and the Primetime Emmy Awards), which has been such an incredible experience!
How are you involved with both the community and your customer?
I create a lot of custom designs for weddings, bridesmaids and special occasions; as well, I have donated pieces for breast cancer awareness and Donate Life causes.
What life accomplishments are you most proud of?
Without question, my son Carson—he is my pride and joy.
Who is your role model in business or in life, and why?
One of my first bosses said, “Dress for the job you want, not the job you have.” I’ve taken that to heart, although more figuratively than literally.
What’s your biggest job perk?
When I left office life, I felt isolated for a time. As my customer base has grown, I feel like my clients have become family. I really am blessed with the best clients anyone could hope for.
Where do you and your family go locally to have fun?
We love to window shop at the Fountains at Roseville, and my son loves to ride the train.
If you could be any other profession, what would it be?
A rock star—now I just get to design jewelry for them!
And finally, customer service is…?
My top business priority. Without outstanding customer service, a business will not succeed.
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