Kathy Carrington, CAP-OM
My career has evolved by taking calculated risks that laid a foundation for success. The first decade of my career, I served in administrative roles in the business office of industries such as education, manufacturing, healthcare, printing distribution and ad specialties, human resource software development, and information technology. My objective during this time was to accept challenging work so I could learn and grow. It wasn’t in my nature to stay in a dead-end job. When I was no longer challenged, I moved on. As a result, I acquired a wide-ranging skill set and I am a valuable resource for the clients I support.
I also learned the good, bad, and the ugly of business management as I worked closely with c-level executives daily. I knew business ownership would be in my future. The path appeared when I found AssistU. I am a proud graduate of the class of 1999-2000.
In June 2001, I launched Executive Virtual Assistance (EVA). Within 6 months I replaced the income from my job. I provided c-level administrative support to executives, small business owners, and entrepreneurs throughout the United States and Internationally. I never had 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. I knew it was time for a change. After much contemplation, I decided to reenter corporate America. My personal life had become too isolated, having been divorced for more than a decade, so it was also time to expand my social circle. Within a week of posting my resume online, I was snatched up by a 2.1-billion-dollar company. As far as “jobs” go, it was as good as they come. It was great pay and good benefits. I supported the CEO and he was the consummate professional who always treated me with respect. We worked well together and he was a great boss.
However, I discovered I have significantly outgrown the traditional role of an executive assistant. At first the relief of not carrying the weight of an entire business felt good, but the tradeoff of doing the same thing day after day was painfully boring. Still, I consider the journey a successful one because I learned new things about myself and I made some new friends. I also took this time to sit for the CAP-OM certification (I’d let it expire) to demonstrate my skills are advanced and up-to-date.
I also met and married a wonderful man. My husband, Richard Spence, is a retired AT&T engineer who now drives a school bus to stay busy – and get summers off with pay. Great perk, right! Shortly before we got married in December 2015, we agreed I would leave my job. I’ve taken the time 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.
I’ve returned as Carrington Business Services. Here’s what is different about my business this time…other than the name. While away, I worked with a coach who taught me how to master high performance without the negative side effects. I now know how to get a lot done while practicing good self-care. I also have clearly defined values around which I consciously live my life. I’ll close by saying this. The business owner genie has been let out of the bottle, and she won’t be going back. I love my independence and I am thriving once again.
Because of my 25 years of business office experience, and a wide-ranging skill set, I am exceedingly qualified to serve you. You will the level of professionalism I bring and the vast range in skill set I have very refreshing. I’m a rare find in today’s business world.
Please make this an opportunity to learn more by scheduling a no-obligation consultation.