Women in BusinessFeaturing women business owners in Prescott.
Of the 113 employees at Drake Cement in Paulden, only 10 percent are women … and those women work in every part of the company, from the office to the lab to engineering.
“Everybody just fits,” said Karen Otis, Administrative/Community Involvement Coordinator. “If people come in here and they want to do the job, we’d love to have them. Everybody’s done a really good job for us.”
The women sounded off recently, sharing with PWM their experiences working at Drake.
More than once in her life, Prescott High School graduate Heather Burgoyne has felt the call to slow down. Two years ago, she listened.
After earning her degree in Fine Art with an emphasis in photography from the University of Arizona, Heather began working as a project manager for a fashion company in New York City. She quickly found herself in the fast lane and was traveling between New York and London, “on” 24/7.
Through challenges and triumphs, the Prescott Downtown Partnership (PDP) Board weaves a common thread defining its mission: To focus on membership and building relations that connect downtown businesses to the community. President Candy Hull, who grew up in Prescott, says being a part of PDP has affected the platform in her own business, The Clothes Hound. “PDP has opened my eyes to everything downtown. I am so impressed by the diverse members who have the same goal: the ‘uprise’ of downtown.”
As sisters growing up, Autumn and Rebecca Kline experienced first-hand the hard work their parents put in to establish retail businesses that would create a generations-long family career for decades.
Sheri Heiney, President & CEO of the Prescott Chamber of Commerce: Making a Better Future for Prescott While Retaining Its Rich History
As a Michigan native with family in Sedona, Sheri Heiney had the long-term goal to live and work in Prescott. Now, energized and fulfilled as a Prescott resident and celebrating her third year as President & CEO of the Prescott Chamber of Commerce, Heiney leads her team with her 28 years of experience in the Chamber Industry as a whole.
The Hernandez family has a long-standing relationship with the Prescott Farmer’s Market. The family matriarch, Lupe, and her husband, Ruben, started their family farm with nothing. They borrowed land to start growing produce and then eventually were able to build on their own land, incorporating their greenhouse and crops.
For 23 years, the nonprofit Prescott Farmers Market (PFM) has been connecting farmers and ranchers to the community. While most Prescottonians are aware of the Saturday market, they may not know about the additional services that PFM provides to the public.
Linda Caldwell and her husband, David, are part owners of The Marketplace on Cortez, an eclectic vintage shop in the heart of downtown Prescott, which sits side-by-side with its sister store, Cortez Street Emporium. The Marketplace holds a fine selection of antiques, paint products, refurbished furniture, home décor, and gifts.
In Prescott Valley, Pet Headquarters is a place where staff members know customers—and their pets—by name. It’s a place where new customers come in and immediately feel like long-time friends, and where people are greeted by wagging tails and puppy kisses … or, smiles and hugs (these days, it’s elbow bumps).
Tourism industry Veteran MJ Smith and Arizona native Sheri Shaw bring enthusiastic collective energy to the Prescott Downtown Partnership (PDP), the merchant’s association formed in 1999 to provide a voice for the stakeholders in historic downtown Prescott. While currently serving on the PDP Board for four years, Shaw became President last year and is now in her second and final year as President. Smith has been in the tourism sector for 13 years, most recently in the Bullhead/Laughlin area in a position that fostered the seamless transition to Executive Director of the PDP. Both women share the goals of Prescott to retain its small-town downtown feel, most noticeable at events and venues sprinkled throughout town.
Phoenix may be the center for advertising agencies in Arizona, but leading companies in Greater Prescott prefer an advertising agency with roots in the community: Helken & Horn.
As Helken & Horn Advertising Agency celebrates 25 years of partnering with clients in Northern Arizona, President Tracey Horn reflected on her agency’s success and why most clients have been with the agency for a decade or longer.
Featuring Lost in Socks and Purple Clover Clothing Boutique.