As a Virtual Assistant, I provide administrative consulting services to entrepreneurs, business owners, nonprofits, consultants and business coaches—allowing them to focus on the wisest and best use of their time AND achieve better, faster and more sustainable results.
With more than 25 years of experience as an administrative professional, I specialize in assisting my clients with implementing their customer service, public relations, marketing, social media and communications strategies, but I also handle a myriad of other administrative and business support projects.
Food (particularly locally grown food) and wine are my passion, and I especially enjoy working with clients associated with the wine, culinary, sustainable farming and hospitality trades.
What makes me a “virtual” assistant is that I never have to step foot inside my clients' workplace. Because I work from my own office—via e-mail, phone, the Internet and other emerging technologies—they be located across the street or across the globe from me.
My client base is small, which allows us to work in long-term, collaborative partnerships. And since I'm not on my clients' payroll, they don't have to provide me with office space, purchase office equipment for me to use, or pay my taxes or employee benefits. Best of all, they get to work with a fellow business owner (me!) who isn’t simply task-oriented but instead, is a valuable team member who helps create better systems to run their business.
My fees are arranged exclusively on a retainer basis. For their investment, my clients receive 100% productive time and all of my vast talents and skills acquired from working in Corporate America.
As a Virtual Assistant, I specialize in:
♦ Client service/customer relationship management (CRM)
♦ Scheduling, calendar management, contact management
♦ Business communication, document formatting
♦ Press release writing/media distribution
♦ Event coordination and promotion
♦ E-newsletter management
♦ Blog management
♦ Social media management
♦ WordPress maintenance
♦ Shopping cart and affiliate management
♦ Process management
♦ Project management
♦ Other client-specific projects
Outside of the office, I’m a contributing wine columnist for BOOM! Magazine, a lifestyle resource for active baby boomer adults. I’m also an enthusiastic volunteer—serving on both the Office Administration (Chair) and Plus 50 Advisory Committees for Wake Tech Community College, and as a board member and the PR Committee Chair for the Friends of the Page-Walker Hotel, a cultural arts and historic preservation organization. I previously held the volunteer positions of Vice Chair for the Town of Cary’s Sister Cities Commission, and Board Secretary for Chix in Business, Inc., a grassroots organization of women business owners in Raleigh.
I’m a native of Atlanta, Georgia, and attended Georgia State University. I now live with my husband in Cary, North Carolina. When I’m not working or volunteering, I’m an herb gardener, a foodie, a wine taster, an avid Food Network, Cooking Channel and HGTV follower, a world traveler, an Italophile, an aviation buff, an occasional hockey fan, a golf dabbler, and a reader of detective novels.