Length of time at this job: Three years.
What is it that you like best about your job?
The ability to help my clients with their needs as their life changes.
Licensed to sell insurance in the state of Texas, mortgage licensed, series 6 and series 63 license, currently working on my CLU designation through the American College..
What career path led you to where you are today?
I was a single mom of three daughters for 10 years, and during that time I was in sales for Keith Zars Pools. I enjoyed working with people, so I knew
that was what I wanted to do. As my children were moving on to college, I looked at the State Farm agent opportunity and decided this was for me, and so did State Farm!
Would you encourage your children to go into the same field?
Absolutely; it is challenging and satisfying work. As a matter of fact, I talk to my girls about it now. In addition, being a State Farm agent is a great opportunity financially to provide for one’s family.
Who were your mentors?
My personal mentor is my best friend and husband, Garry. He has loved and encouraged me even when I thought there was no way I could do something. He is the reason I am
where I am in my life now. God is my mentor too … I wouldn’t be where I am now without putting him first!
What person do you most admire?
Sheryl Sandberg. She wrote Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead, a must-read for all women in business.
What do you enjoy doing on a day off?
I love working out whether it is in the gym or outdoors on a bike or walk. Exercise is my Prozac! I also love spending my weekends with family and friends. I love going
to sporting events, so I try to do that too.
What is your favorite vacation?
Oh, I love to travel. This past summer we went on a Mediterranean cruise and to Germany. My bucket list includes Australia and Bora Bora. I guess my favorite is
being at a beach somewhere!
What do you like most about San Antonio? I love the Hill Country feeling of San Antonio and, of course, the people. Raising my daughters here was the best thing I ever did.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
Well, I plan on learning to play golf. Listening to music, swimming.
Who has been the biggest influence in your life personally and professionally?
Personally, my husband, Garry.
What books have you read lately?
Lean In. Right now I am reading books related to work like Paycheck and Playchecks: Retirement Solutions for Life; however, I love
reading all sorts of books on the best-seller list when time permits.
What’s the best movie you have seen in the last year?
I just saw the Tom Hanks movie, Captain Phillips. It was so good. My favorite is the Iron Man series — just love it! To make you laugh, We Are the Millers, that movie was surprisingly great. Garry and I go to Alamo Drafthouse a lot.
What is you all-time favorite movie?
Probably Pretty Woman or Eat Pray Love.
What type of music do you like?
Classic rock, alternative rock, jazz — I like it all. I listen to music as much as I can. I go to the Austin City Limits Festival in Austin with my daughters every single year. I am going to see Harry Connick, Jr. at the Majestic in November. He is so great!
What brought you to San Antonio?
Business. I grew up in Houston.
What community groups or not-for-profit groups are you involved with as a volunteer?
I am a member of San Antonio Chamber of Commerce, the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and Alamo Heights Chamber of Commerce.
Do you have a favorite restaurant?
Yes, for simple Mexican food I love Chuy’s.
How do you find balance in your life – career,community and home life?
Well, at work I am building a team that will allow me to spend more time in the future with my family and allow me to commit more
time to my community. Starting a new business is hard work, so finding the balance has been very challenging.
What is your favorite relaxation strategy?
Getting a great massage!
What are your goals?
To be the No. 1 State Farm agent in San Antonio and continue to work at being the best Mom and Grandma in the world!
What is the best advice you have ever received?
To have faith and live by the Golden Rule: Treat others as you would have them treat you.