My road in life has been direct.
College right out of high school with a business degree focus
Worked for a few years in banking and mortgage lending
Took 19 years off to raise my children full time
Served in volunteer capacity as director and committee members for non profit initiatives
Speaking and teaching opportunities
Went back to work as an administrative assistant
Took a financial director job at a trade association
Promoted to operations director and then Executive Director
Keep following my journey


High School
Patrick Henry High School - San Diego CA
BBA Business Management
The University of Texas at San Antonio
Certified Association Executive
American Society of Association Executives


Executive Director

I manage a state trade association that represents the plumbing-heating-cooling contractors of Texas.

Career Roadmap

My work combines:
My work combines:
Non-Profit Organizations
Upholding a Cause and Belief

Day to Day

I manage a staff of 6 employees. I report to a board of directors of 18 contractors who work and own businesses in the industry we represent. I spend the majority of my time lobbying for, representing and promoting the plumbing and hvac trades.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for everyone

Apply for internships paid / unpaid to do office or project work for an association. Learn microsoft office. Consider a degree in business.

Recommended Education

My career is related to what I studied. I'd recommend the path I took:

BBA Business Management
Certified Association Executive


The Noise I Shed

From Society in General:

"Because my role as Executive Director dovetailed nicely into my degree, I did not hear much criticism or discouraging words. I work for a "business" and my degree is business."

Interviewed By

Anonymous Student