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Women Mean Business - Kathie Edwards

Kathie Edwards

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Is it in the genes? Possibly! Leisa Holland-Nelson interviews second-generation BusinessMaker Kathie Edwards, president & CEO of Westpark Communications.

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Leisa: Hello, I'm Leisa Holland-Nelson and welcome to another edition of Women Mean Business, where we're going to take you up close and personal with extraordinary women doing extraordinary things. My guest today is Kathie Edwards, President and CEO of West Park Communications. Kathie, welcome back to Women Mean Business. I'm so excited to hear about a second-generation women-owned business. How did you get to this position?

Kathie: My mother started the business in 1968 and she had - actually, she and her sister, and they started off with three accounts and they had a three-line button phone and they continued growing their business and they went door-to-door and picked up their business over the years. My aunt actually retired in about '84, when my uncle retired from the light company and my mother continued to grow the business. And it was in about in '92 or actually '91 that she had a misfortune and lost half of her accounts.

Leisa: Oh dear.

Kathie: And so in '92, she asked me to come in and help her to help her bring her business back up. And so I did. I said I would absolutely come and help and I told my husband that I was only gonna go in to help to get her back on her feet, to get the business going strong again, and I continued going. I enjoyed it tremendously and I saw opportunity and I grew the business to where she decided to retire in '07 and I purchased the business from her at that point -

Leisa: And you're still there today.

Kathie: - and, yeah absolutely.

Leisa: Wonderful.

Kathie: Loving it.

Leisa: Wonderful. There you have it; another extraordinary woman doing extraordinary things. I'm Leisa Holland-Nelson, President and co-founder of Content Active, Houston's leading Web and mobile technology company. You can find me at contentactive.com or follow me on Twitter at lhnelson. We'll be back again next week with another edition of Women Mean Business.

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