A Renewing Experience

Posted on: March 6, 2014

Yesterday I had the privilege and honor to speak at the Women in Business Breakfast thanks to the Kent and Streetsboro Chambers of Commerce. Now I am used to giving presentations here and there talking about the dealership, and I look forward to each opportunity I have to let people know about the work I do.  This was one that I was really looking forward to though because it was a room full of strong, business-minded women.

Because I don’t live right around the corner from the dealership, my co-worker Karen and I decided to stay at the Kent State Hotel the night before.  If you haven’t visited this hotel, you are missing out.  It is fresh and new, located right in the new downtown Kent. There are restaurants right in walking distance of the front door, including a huge parking garage at a minimal fee that can be added on your room charge.  We were able to get a workout in before dinner as well.  We both were sad we forgot our swimsuits because the hot tub sure looked inviting! We polished off the speech and the power point the night before and were ready for the early morning breakfast.

We arrived at the Fairways at Twin Lakes bright and early ready to go.  The staff at the Fairways was amazing and accommodating, along with all the women hosting the breakfast.  We commenced at 8AM with delicious breakfast prepared by Chef Daniel. If you get a chance to meet him, you will not be disappointed.  He’s charismatic and friendly, oh and prepares sublime food! As everyone finished up their waffles and parfaits, I took to the mic.  Karen assisted me on the power point presentation.  I went over a lot of you may already know about me.  But they had asked I focus on my point of view as a woman in business.  I shared a lot of the obstacles I faced and the road I traveled to get where I am today.  We even had the chance to go over our marketing campaigns that Karen and I directly write.  I was BLOWN away by their response to our commercials, both TV and Radio spots.  It really reassured me that I am going in the right direction.  After some really great questions from the audience I wrapped up the speech with an overwhelming positive response from the crowd.  After a few announcements, folks were welcome to talk to me personally to network.  I was floored by how many women came up to me with positive comments on my speech.  They called me an inspiration which had my jawed dropped because I was among women who have accomplishments I can only dream of in the future! I was truly warmed by the reception I received.  Not only did I get reaffirmed in my path, I gained a number of networking contacts that I cannot wait to collaborate with!  This breakfast really recharged my battery.  So grateful for the experience. Take a look at a photo of us after my speech.


L to R Tracy Cettomai, Valerie Fiala, Karen Tomaszewski, Jess Joseph, Lori Schroeder Wemhoff, Vicky Rovder and Kim Watson Polatas.  The semi-annual Women In Business Breakfast, a collaborative networking event coordinated by the Kent Area and Streetsboro Area Chambers of Commerce was held yesterday morning at the Fairways at Twin Lakes. Sponsored by Marathon Financial Services, the ever popular event was attended by over 50 women and men.

A special thanks again to my friends at the Kent and Streetsboro Chambers of Commerce.  I was thrilled to be part of the day and look forward to working with them again in the future!

Remember, our 50th Anniversary celebration is tomorrow and I cannot wait to see the dealership filled with people hoping to win the brand new 2014 Corolla LE. Oh and the Swenson’s food truck! YUM!!!!