Business owner- when and why did you decide to start your own company? I joined ImagiNation Learning Center (ILC) in August of 2005 as a classroom teacher, then directed one of ILC centers for 10 years. Most recently I was promoted to director of operations. From the very beginning, I recognized that this organization truly values its employees and the families that it serves. I am so grateful that I can go to work each day knowing that I contribute to creating exceptional learning experiences for young children, developing dedicated teachers, and providing excellent services for working families.
Employees – how long have you been at your current job, why did you choose your firm?
How does your business serve the Haymarket-Gainesville community? We are a nonprofit child care company whose goal is to provide quality child care solutions for children ages six weeks to 12 years of age. We partner and collaborate with other business and organizations who recognize the importance of quality childhood experiences during the first five years.
How have you been involved with HGBA?I have been with HGBA since 2014
Please share one of the greatest moments you’ve experienced in your business. The greatest moment I experienced working for ILC was during the rebranding of our company. In 1987 we opened our doors as Westfields Play and Learn. In 2007, we realized we needed a new name and brand that would better communicate our evolved identity and mission. In 2010, I had the amazing opportunity to be part of the creative team that developed the new brand for our company, ImagiNation Learning Center. During that process I realized my passion was growing in a new direction and ILC would continue to further develop my desire for professional growth.
What are some hobbies you enjoy? I enjoy reading books about professional leadership and personal development. I am consistently seeking to find a balance between my family and career.
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For you, What is the primary benefit of being an HGBA member? Networking and socializing with local businesses, and helping each other grow our businesses.
Are you from this area? If not, what brought you here and what do you like about our town? I am originally from the Fairfax/ Chantilly area but absolutely love the Haymarket/Gainesville feel. The community is very diverse and welcoming.
What is your favorite restaurant? El Vaquero West