Reston Limousine & Travel Service, Inc
45685 Elmwood Court
Sterling, VA 20166
B.A. in International Affairs from George Washington University
Professional/business/civic/nonprofit organizations in which you are/have been involved and positions held:
Dulles Regional Chamber of Commerce: Since 2003
– Chair: Women’s Leadership Circle
– Vice Chair: Great Connections Campaign
Loudoun Chamber of Commerce: Since 2004
Loudoun CEO Cabinet: Since 2005
Enterprising Women Magazine: Since 2006
Success In The City: Since 2006
SmartCEO Magazine: Since 2009
Eagle Bank: Since 2009
Loudoun Education Foundation: Since 2009
Executive Leaders Radio: Since 2010
Committee for Dulles: 2002-2006
Leadership Loudoun: 2005-2006
Loudoun County Tourism: 2007-2009
Dulles Area Transportation Foundation: 2007-2008
Juvenile Diabetes Foundation: 2007
Other Community Involvement
Charter Member 100 Women Strong: Since 2009
American Red Cross Tiffany Circle: Since 2009
Who were the important mentors you have had and how did they impact your career?
My parents were my original mentors and taught me the importance of education, work ethic, valuing different cultures and honesty. My husband was my second mentor and taught me everything I know about the Limousine business. Other mentors include men and women business owners, who I have had the pleasure of knowing throughout the years, and who have always been there for me to bounce ideas off of.
What do you consider your biggest personal and/or professional accomplishment and why?
My biggest personal accomplishment is having four healthy children who are doing well in school and sports. My biggest professional accomplishment is growing our business to become the largest transportation company in Washington DC and among the largest in the nation.
What advice would you give to a young person graduating from college this spring?
My advice would be to look for jobs where they will grow professionally rather than trying to find the highest paying job.
How do you achieve a balance between your professional life and your personal life?
I am able to balance my professional and personal life because I have a great support system. My husband is a stay at home dad who does the grocery shopping and takes the children to their activities. We also have a live in nanny who cooks and cleans the house. At work I have a personal assistant who is hardworking, loyal and extremely organized and helpful. I have a rule that I will only attend a business event once a week in the evening and my family is always my priority.
When you were growing up, what did you want to be?
I wanted to be a foreign service officer. I was born in Japan and then lived in Brazil, Portugal, Mozambique, Swaziland, South Africa and Botswana. I wanted to follow in my fathers footsteps!
What is your favorite book or movie and why? My favorite book is Infidel by Ayan Al Hirsi. It is an amazing story about a woman born in Somalia who ran away from her family the night before an arranged marriage and went to Holland. There, she worked her way up to being a member of parliament! Having lived in Somalia I find her story especially inspiring!
What are two things about you that not many people know?
I was born in Japan and did not live in the United States until I went to college! I attended boarding school in Swaziland, Southern Africa with Nelson Mandela’s children.