Kathy Carrington, CAP-OM
The first decade of my career, I served in administrative roles in the business office of industries such as education, manufacturing, healthcare, printing distribution, advertising specialties, human resources software development, and information technology. Because of this diversity, I acquired a wide-ranging skill set from which I built upon and serve my clients today.
While I worked closely with executives and business owners in corporate America, I knew business ownership would be in my future. The path appeared when I found AssistU. This course was the on-ramp to self-employment. I am a huge fan and maintain a connection with this elite community of virtual assistants.
In June 2001, I launched Executive Virtual Assistance (EVA). Within six months I replaced the income from my corporate job. I provided c-level administrative support to small business owners, entrepreneurs, and professionals throughout the United States and internationally. I never experienced a shortage of business during these 13 years and I am grateful for rave reviews from my clients.
At the end of year 13, I realized it had been a long time since I enjoyed going to my desk to work. After much contemplation, I decided to close EVA and reenter corporate America. Within a week of posting my resume online, I was snatched up by a 2.1-billion-dollar company. It was a good job with great pay and benefits. I supported the CEO who, always the consummate professional, treated me with respect.
Unfortunately, it quickly became apparent I had outgrown the traditional role of an executive assistant. At first, the relief of not carrying the weight of an entire business felt good, but being over-qualified and trying to squish myself into their job description made me shrink a little every day. Still, I consider the journey a successful one because I reignited my passion for self-employment. I also took this time to sit for the CAP-OM certification exams (my previous certification had expired) to demonstrate my skills are advanced and up-to-date.
This time period also freed up energy to date. I met an married a wonderful man after being divorced for 12 years. My husband, Richard Spence, is a retired AT&T engineer who now drives a school bus to stay busy. We love that gets summers off with pay. Great perk, right! Shortly before we married in December 2015, we agreed I would leave my corporate job – to adjust to married life, do a little traveling, get our new home in order – with the goal of returning to self-employment at the right time. To prepare for the transition, I hired a high-performance coach, from Brendan Burchard’s group, who taught me how to master high performance without burnout.
I’m back as Carrington Business Services and have a renewed passion. I thrive on the collaboration and opportunities presented in business ownership so this is where I’ll stay. Self-employment is where I have the most freedom to shine the brightest. As a virtual assistant, being of service creates synchronicity with what I value most…helping others. My strong reputation for executive-level support has allowed me to rebuild my practice with ease and I’m delighted to be securing my ideal clients. Openings will occur from time to time, so be in touch if you’d like more information about working together.
On the personal side, I live in a small town having the neighborly feel of ‘Mayberry’ with my husband and two cats, Winnie and Pooh. Our grown children live nearby and we love that we can visit anytime we want. When I’m not working, you’ll find me at home chilling with my husband, reading to learn something new, watching an action movie, tending to my dozen or so indoor plants, or outdoor flower gardens, or in the kitchen cooking up a delicious meal. To express my creativity, I like to cook, sing, write, draw/sketch, and I recently tried my hand at oil painting.
My favorite activity is our monthly family game night. Our family gathers for a big dinner (did I mention, I love to cook) and an evening of laughter and friendly competition. Life doesn’t get any better than having fun with the people I love most.
If I had a bucket list, it would be never-ending. There’s too much I want to do so my list consists of 3 goals and that is to stay open to change, say yes more than I say no, and embrace life fully every day.