Your Name: Patty Taylor
Your Organization’s Name: FocusOn St. Charles County Magazine
What did you want to be when you were a child?
A bookkeeper, because that is what my mom was, and she was an amazing role model.
What called you to your work?
The career I went to school for was in the Information Technology (IT) field. I started out as a computer programmer, but quickly moved up to a team lead and later management. I am not sure what called me to this type of work, probably the salary, but after 30+ years, I needed a change.
Who in the community do you look up to? Do you have a role model?
When I started working at Edward Jones in my early-twenties, our IT group was fairly small. One of the ladies in the group was Cindy Timpone. Her and I immediately became friends. She was a great role model, because she showed me how a woman can have it all — career, husband and kids and be very happy being busy. I have worked for her 3 different times in my career and her accomplishments continue to amaze me. After her kids left the house, her extra time was redirected to charity work. She has a very big heart.
Do you have a personal or professional motto?
Nothing comes to mind.
Name your greatest success, or what you are most proud of, in your business experiences.
As I mentioned above, I was in my early twenties when I started working at Edward Jones. I worked there for 12.5 years and my mentor mentioned above decided to leave Jones and start a consulting firm and asked me to come with her to help build her business. I was very comfortable in my position at Jones, but took the leap and left to work in consulting. It took me WAY out of my comfort zone, but I was very successful.
What product/service do you offer?
Once again I have stepped into something new I have never done before – SALES. I left the Corporate world in 2016, and recently accepted a position with FocusOn Magazine in sales. I sell ads to businesses.
What makes your business unique?
FocusOn Magazine is a community interest magazine for St. Charles County. It features stories about real people and also real problems in our community.
What is the nicest thing a customer has ever said to you about your products/service?
The service was not mine specifically. I sold the ad, but the customer was extremely happy with the artwork created for them by our designer.
What are three things you use every day in your job?
Organizational skills, communication skills, and kindness.
Tell us about organizations/charities you are passionate about.
Cancer, Diabetes, and Alzheimer’s Associations. All of these diseases have taken or is impacting loved ones in my life.
When you are not working, what do you like to do in your spare time?
If you asked me a year or so ago, I would have said sports, sports, sports. But now things have drastically changed. My daughter went away to college, and my son, who is still in high school, is no longer playing sports. So my husband and I are trying to find things to do on our own, which is a big change. We recently bought a condo and boat at the Lake of the Ozarks, so we are spending more time there.