Scott and I met at Dean Witter Reynolds in 1993. He’d just began his career in Birmingham after training at the firm’s office in the World Trade Center. We married in August 1999 — and in the fall of that year, we started the firm together.
I work primarily in office operations as our client relationship management and communications specialist. It’s my job to provide the support system that allows Scott to do what he does best: advise and educate his clients.
We have four kids — Oliver (19), Emery (18), Eliot (14), Eames (10) — and Boo, our miniature labradoodle, who you'll most often see at the office.
Below are two ventures I launched and managed myself, outside of the firm.
Owner/Facilitator | November 2009 – August 2012
I wanted to do the best job I could teaching our children good manners and basic etiquette, so I became a certified trainer through The Emily Post Institute. It didn’t take long to meet a lot of other people who wanted the same for their children — so I formed Gildencrest School.
I developed curriculum for a weeklong summer camp for preteen girls — combining Emily Post’s methods with my Dale Carnegie training and my past experience instructing dance/twirl. The success of those camps led to requests for customized classes for Girl Scout troops, customer appreciation events, corporate training seminars, and community education classes — to name a few.
Instructor | August 2005 – May 2007
I loved baton twirling since I was a girl. In 2005, a former fellow majorette and I founded Alabama Baton. Over the next 22 months, we taught weekly classes to more than 100 elementary-aged girls in the Shelby County school system. We performed half-time shows at basketball games for Birmingham Southern College and the University of Montevallo, football games for Oak Mountain High School, and pre-game for the Birmingham Barons baseball team. We marched in numerous parades, and we capped-off each year performing recitals before hundreds of fans.