From Gas Station Attendant to CEO
I arrived in the US with experiences unlike anyone around me. Yes, they were hard, but they also taught me that regardless of any adversity I faced, I could achieve any vision I set for myself. I was alone and needed an income, so I became a gas station attendant.
But I was determined to change my circumstances. My vision was to run an organization like GM someday.
So, I got to work.
I earned a scholarship to attend California Polytechnic and graduated with a BS in Accounting (while still working full time as a gas station attendant).
Taking a Risk
It was here I gained a deep understanding of private equity, capital investments, and successful exit strategies.
It also provided me with the flexibility I wanted so I could be an involved mother to my children: I wanted to be a mother who happened to work.
Taking that risk opened up more doors. I ended up joining an entrepreneurial company where I stayed for 20 years. There, I grew my entrepreneurial muscles and also helped grow the company by leaps and bounds.
You can read more about how the brain tumor changed my life here.
I oversaw the acquisition of another company with PE backing and eventually managed a very successful sale and exit for our partners.
Throughout my career, I’ve initiated and supported many charities and since 2019, I’ve also served on the board of several organizations, including the United Way of Orange County, Cherie Blair Foundation for Women, and others.
Additionally, I am the main investor, chairperson, and advisor to BOMANI, an alcohol-infused cold brew coffee drink, launched and being successfully grown by my son, Sam (I’m very proud of him!).