NEW MEMBER: Justine Robinson

Name: Justine Robinson

Business Name: CBL Properties – Mid Rivers Mall

Occupation: Specialty Leasing Manager

Joining: Cottleville, MO Chapter

 

Links:

Website

Personal Facebook

Business Facebook

 

I wish to be a member of LBB because:

I wish to be a member of LBB because I am committed to becoming more engaged – both personally and professionally – in the greater St. Charles area, and I know that the Little Black Book organization is structured in such a way as to provide unlimited opportunities to connect, engage and give back to this incredible community in which I live, work and play.

My main reason for joining LBB:

Community Involvement

Justine’s Bio:

Justine Robinson is the specialty leasing manager at Mid Rivers Mall. She studied business administration and marketing at Illinois Wesleyan University and proceeded to work in a service-focused environment, assuring client satisfaction on the placement of physicians and healthcare industry professionals across the United States. Justine started in the shopping center industry in 2008, managing, leasing and marketing malls for CBL Properties and has also spent time in the public sector where she started the Economic Development Department for the City of Bloomington, Illinois. Justine has been a featured speaker for the Alliance for Innovation and Illinois Municipal League, where she advised developers and communities on successful strategies for recruitment and revenue generation. An ICSC Maxi Award Winner and former two-time McLean County Chamber of Commerce NEXT Professional of the Year, Justine thrives on the challenge of helping businesses succeed in the 21st century retail climate.

 

New Member: Emily Lewis

Name: Emily Lewis

Business Name: Emily’s Pet Care, LLC

Occupation: Owner/ Operator

Joining the: Cottleville, MO Chapter

Links

Website

Personal Facebook Link

Business Facebook Link

 

My main reason for joining LBB:

  • Community Involvement
  • Personal Development
  • Professional Development
  • Referrals
  • Social Interaction

 

Emily’s Bio:

Pet care has always been a passion of mine. Since I was young I’ve always loved animals — both learning about and taking care of them. That is what lead me to obtain certification as a Veterinary Assistant at Midwest Institute for Medical Assistants in 1999. I had the opportunity to help thousands of pets as I explored different areas of veterinary medicine. I have gained an extensive skill set and have learned a lot from many respected professionals in the St. Charles area. In 2010 I was blessed to have been taken on by one of the largest pet care companies in St. Louis County. This is when I saw the need for someone to care for pets while their parents were not able to. I began Emily’s Pet Care, LLC this year when I was made aware of the need here as well and now have the opportunity to share my love of animals with my clients and pet owners all over the Saint Charles County area.

Member Discount:

20% off all services

New Member: Pamela Martin

Name: Pamela Martin

Business Name: Pam Martin Fitness-Isagenix

Occupation: Health & Wellness Entrepreneur / Author

Joining the: Cottleville, MO Chapter

 

Links:

Website

Personal Facebook Link

Business Facebook Link

 

I wish to be a member of LBB because:

I am looking to expand my business and network as well as connect with like-minded business women.

My main reason for joining LBB:

  • Professional Development
  • Referrals

Pam’s Bio:

I work with individuals who are ready to make healthy lifestyle choices that will result in lasting change in their health, fitness, and mindset.

I am a certified personal trainer and have been a partner with Isagenix for 3 years.

I am married, a mother and have two grandchildren. I live in Eolia, MO.

 

 

New Member: Barbara Reeves

Name: Barbara Reeves, Owner

Business Name: BREEVES Corporation

 

Links:

Website
Personal Facebook
Business Facebook

Joining the Wentzville, MO Chapter

I wish to be a member of LBB because:

I would like to connect with more business owners and have support and interactions with those who are similar to my own situation.

 

My main reason for joining LBB:

  • Personal Development
  • Professional Development
  • Referrals
  • Social Interaction

Barbara’s Bio:

Entrepreneurial senior IT and multidisciplinary executive with over 30 years of success envisioning and developing creative strategies, business models and high-profile teams to drive market share growth and profits. Cuts operating and capital expenses through tight budgeting and skillful management. Drives new processes, programs, and products from concept through full implementation.

Manages collaboratively, focusing on business improvements and motivating transformative changes in organizations and businesses. Molds underperforming individuals, departments and groups into cohesive and dedicated teams through effective leadership, motivation and implementation of innovative flexible work options. Pioneering work in building virtual and global work environments, improving employee retention and driving productivity in a global work environment.

Additional competencies include:

  • Business Analysis
  • Programming
  • Budgetary Management
  • Secret Security Clearance within last 5 years
  • Team Leadership, Training & Mentoring
  • Direction, Re-engineering of Mission & Vision
  • Supplier, Vendor & Product Management
  • Program and Project Management & Implementation

Member Discount Offer:

I will provide a 15% discount on any new printing purchases up to first $100 dollars worth to members and a 5% discount for every order by members from then on.

Member Spotlight: Angee Lautenschlager

Organization’s Name: Angee L Photography

 

What did you want to be when you were a child?

It was a bit of a toss-up as to a veterinarian or Wonder Woman… I had a real soft spot for cats but I also had to keep up with my four brothers.

What called you to your work?

Photography found me while I was studying art and design at STLCC Meramac. I found I had a real rapport with the people in front of my camera and a love of composing beautiful images. I continued taking film classes as I finished my degree at Maryville University and found that I was truly more interested in spending time with people and what my camera could do than drawing up architectural details.

Who in the community do you look up to? Do you have a role model?

In the photographic community I look up to Michael Freeman for his compositional skills, Yousef Karsh for his ability to connect to his subjects, Sue Bryce for her posing and personal/business skills, Steve Hanks (watercolor painter) for capturing emotional realism, and Annie Liebovitz for her light and composition.

Locally, I look up to Cillah Hall of Gazelle magazine. She is a strong, confident woman and mother who followed her dream to inspire and empower local women through a fashion magazine she founded. Like her, I also felt very awkward being tall, thin, and “exotic looking” growing up and have had to work to feel comfortable with myself.

My current role model is Diane von Furstenberg. She had a vision and saw every opportunity as a learning experience. I find her truly inspiring as a woman business owner and artist: she always saw being a woman as a strength and retained her character above all.

Name your greatest success, or what you are most proud of, in your business experiences.

I am proud to have created work that is meaningful, has a purpose, has made a lot of people happy, and is on its way to giving me financial independence.

What product/service do you offer?

I make beautiful portraits of people and give a valuable service experience. I sit down with them before the session for a consultation to ensure we are creating something that speaks to them, make them feel their best by providing professional hair and makeup, offer products that assist in the use of their photos as well as help – should they want – in designs for their homes/offices, walk them through a viewing appointment, and personally deliver/install their order.

What makes your business unique?

I do my best to make something for my clients that says something about them and what makes them unique.

What is the nicest thing a customer has ever said to you about your products/service?

People hate having their picture taken, I get it. It is nerve-wracking. I had a client tell me this but after her session, she said that I made her feel sooooo comfortable in her own skin and that she had a great time.

What are three things you use every day in your job?

  • Light – you can’t see anything without it.
  • Instincts – I have to pay attention to what is going on around me and what I want to do.
  • Camera – its art and its science and I love juggling the two to make beautiful images.

Tell us about organizations/charities you are passionate about.

I have worked with greyhound rescue for years. These gentle creatures don’t race for long and thank goodness for the rescue groups that take in these young dogs, teach them how to live in homes, and help them to find their family.

When you are not working, what do you like to do in your spare time?

I am a visual person, always have been. I love going and seeing… Trips to the museum are soul awakening, having a coffee at an outdoor cafe is a visual feast, and spending time with my husband and two young boys is a depiction of my heart.

New Member Molly Nesham

Name: Molly Nesham

Business Name: PersnickeTea, Owner

Occupation: Tea Sommelier

Website
Personal Facebook
Business Facebook Link

I wish to be a member of LBB because:

I have a lot to learn about running a business, and I also want to support other women in business. I have heard great things about LBB and been to enough meetings to meet many awesome women already!

My main reason for joining LBB:

Professional Development

Molly’s Bio:

Molly Nesham, former center director for Mathnasium St. Peters and co-founder of the St. Peters Chess Club, has been teaching and tutoring for more than 30 years. With a BSEE from General Motors Institute, now Kettering University, in 1981 she worked as an engineer for several years, implementing robots and automation systems and training people to use them.

Molly started blending tea for health reasons and organized PersnickeTea to help others deal with similar issues. You can purchase her “Made in Missouri” organic and known-source tea blends at Not Jaded Boutique and Ellbee’s General Store in Wentzville, Sugar Cubed and Kickin It with Kava in St Charles, and online at PersnickeTea.com and Grandma Molly’s Tea Emporium (opening soon!).

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