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 technology. Because of this diversity, I acquired a wide-ranging skill set from which I 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. I discovered I’m a natural at being able to see the big picture, break it down into manageable parts, and execute implementation. Finally, it was time to no longer sit across the desk from the CEO but to become the CEO.
In June 2001, after careful planning, I launched Executive Virtual Assistance (EVA). Within six months I replaced the income from my corporate job and within 3 years doubled my income. I provided C-level support to small business owners, entrepreneurs, and professionals throughout the United States and internationally. 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 office. After a lot of introspection, I closed EVA and went back into Corporate work knowing it was a short-term plan while I figured out what was next for me. At first glimpse, this looked like I was going backwards. Yet, I knew “a decision” was better than “no decision” so I could get unstuck. I hired a high-performance coach from Brendan Burchard’s group and I learned to master high performance without burnout and in conjunction with my values.
I returned to a CEO role in Carrington Business Services. My joy is back and my passion renewed. I thrive on the collaboration and the opportunities presented in business ownership so this is where I’ll stay. Being of service creates synchronicity with what I value most…helping others…but I do this now with more clarity and tighter boundaries around my ideal client. Plus, I’ve learned how much more effective achievement is with alignment. My strong reputation for C-level support has allowed me to rebuild my practice with ease and I’m delighted to be doing work I love.
On the personal note, I live in a small town in Ohio having the neighborly feel of the TV Mayberry. I love that my grown children (and grand-children) live nearby. When I’m not working, you’ll find me at home relaxing with a good book (probably learning something new), watching a movie, tending to my dozen or so indoor plants, tweaking my outdoor flower gardens, or at the park walking and enjoying nature. To express my creativity (an important part of balance), I love to cook, sing, write, draw/sketch, and I recently tried my hand at oil painting.
My favorite time is our monthly family game night. We gather 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 – to stay open to change, say yes more than I say no, and live more mindfully every day.