Maria has always had an entrepreneurial spirit, and is no stranger to business and business development. At the young age of 12, she started working for her grandfather at his hotel and restaurant businesses. She even made tips as a young child pumping gas for tourists at his gas station on weekends.
At the age of 14 she started working as an elf at a Christmas themed amusement park called Santa’s Land; where she still holds the sales record, by far, for the most Santa letter’s sold in their 50 year history!
With her combined experience all through her teenage years in dance, drama, band and theater at the young age of 19, Maria opened a dance and theater business in two locations. She was once picked to work on a movie with Kevin Bacon and Timothy Hutton. Around this time, she co-founded a successful outdoor advertising billboard company with her husband. Both businesses are still in operation today.
In September of 2001, Maria officially started her public speaking and training career. Gaining recognition as one of the top income earners in her field in yet another entrepreneurial adventure, she found herself placed in the lime light and soon was asked to travel around the country to speak and train other groups. She worked closely with President-Elect Donald Trump and his staff on a project that was launched in 2010.
While on the road Maria realized how important it was to develop leaders in different areas and she realized some of the things that were lacking in leadership. Through her discovery she developed CATS and a DANCE program to help people become diverse leaders in an ever changing world.
CATS (Creating Attitudes That Succeed) is a program that focuses on mind set, self-evaluation, self-talk, and goal setting for your personality style and work habits. Maria’s DANCE program is a step by step guide to (Decision making, Action steps, New ways of thinking, Choices in risks, and Education to keep growing).
Maria’s successes won her the attention of a publishing company that contacted her to write a book for the business industry called Dancing to the Stars: How to Waltz Your Way to the Top of Any Company. In this book she discusses mind set, goal setting, action sets, failure, and competition in the field of sales, marketing, and business development. Dancing to the Stars is full of secrets to climb your way to the top of any company.
Maria has aligned herself with one of the #1 Leadership Authors, John C. Maxwell. He is her friend and business partner and together they have goals of traveling internationally to incorporate leadership programs into other countries. Maria is a certified speaker, trainer, and coach for the John Maxwell Team. She has traveled nationally and internationally and has been asked to speak in places like Australia, Germany, Ghana, and Costa Rica, to name a few.
Today, Maria continues to work with some of the top industry leaders and entrepreneurs in the country and now has been invited to be a guest on several talk shows including “The Dan Vega Show”, which airs on ABC. She is also involved with several important causes and is an accredited public speaker for Compassion International where she advocates for children in extreme poverty and helps children all over the world get sponsorship for food, clothing, education, and health care. One of her missions is to educate people on who Compassion International is and how to get involved to help children in extreme poverty living more quality life. Through monthly sponsorship of a single child, the whole family is educated on how to make a living, educated on child safety, hygiene, and provided basic health care.
“I now not only am gaining financial freedom, but time freedom that allows me to stay home and show others how to stay home and provide an income to facilitate more success and happiness to their lives. To me, success is about faith, family, financial independence, joy, and giving back. Currently, I continue to empower others and have an impact on others helping them create an incredible income without sacrificing the more important things in life.”
Maria is a licensed minister and has organized work with and for mission teams, youth organizations, and churches. She serves on the executive board of a globally recognized leadership equipping organization known as led2serve. Led2serve mobilizes groups from all over the world to work hand in hand with different cultures and countries rebuilding communities, schools, & churches by building relationships. Maria is also a contracted Journey Leader for teams that travel into the Great Smoky Mountain's area. She orchestrates seminars based on individual group needs of leadership and team building programs for led2serve.
Although Maria has had many accomplishments in her career, her proudest is being a woman of strong faith and fulfilling her role of mother to her amazing children, and loving wife to her husband Loyd. She is also very active in her community and in the mentoring of others.