Home: Rockville Centre, NY. Age: A young 48. Profession: Executive search. Organization: Janou Pakter, a division of JBC Holdings. Significant other: My love, my husband, Thomas Marshall. Alma mater: Sacred Heart Academy; University of Dayton (B.S.).
Current project: Building an executive search practice at Janou Pakter with my business partner Susan Napolitano, focused on building relationships and amazing teams. Recent recognition: Being a nonprofit board member for Tommy Brull Foundation, whose mission is to raise funds to benefit a wide variety of people with physical, mental and emotional disabilities in our local community. Latest accomplishment: Completing the renovation of our home during Covid, despite supply chain delays and raw material challenges. What’s been your big (or biggest leap)? Transitioning from a twenty-year career in merchandising to the executive search profession. Recent travel or adventure: Annual Fourth of July trip to Lake George with my family. Last book read: Anna, by Amy Odell.
Personality profile: Super-type-A, goal oriented, organized, thoughtful, loyal. What one word would your closest friend use to describe you? Tenacious. How do you define a perfect friendship? Embracing you for who you are at each point in your life. How do you define an ideal business relationship? Shared goals, respect for one another and open communication at all times. What is your greatest joy? My three children. What is at the top of your bucket list? Family trip to Hawaii. What is your go-to workout? Barre. What ingredient is essential to your perfect vacation? The water - ocean or lake.
What was your first paying job? Lifeguard. What book have you repeatedly read? A Moveable Feast, by Ernest Hemingway. What movie have you repeatedly watched? Love Actually. What’s prominently featured on your home or office wall? Photos of my family. Besides your parents, who has had the greatest influence on your life? My grandparents. What’s the best advice you received growing up? Never give up. What is your go-to source of creative inspiration? Shopping in NYC.
Embrace each day as a gift.
What mega-trend most excites you? Medical research initiatives. What mega-trend most concerns you? Misinformation.
Who would you like to spend an evening with, in heaven? My mom. As a kid, what did you first want to be when you grew up? A fashion designer. How would you choose to spend tomorrow, if you knew it was your last day on earth? With my family, on the beach, swimming, surfing and having a relaxing day. What advice would you give your younger self? Stress less.
Favorite quote: “It always seems impossible until it’s done” (Nelson Mandela. Recently introduced to me by my daughter and I love it). Desired epitaph: She believed she could, so she did.