Madison County Chamber 2021 - Page 11

MCC Business Directory and Resource Guide 11

FEMALES ACTIVE IN BUSINESS

PROFILES

MICHELLE SKEEN Job title : Manager Education : Bachelor of science , Indiana University ; master of arts , Ball State University ; certified public accountant ; Series 65 Registered Investment Advisor Job responsibilities : Management and growth of local CPA firm , specializing in tax and business consulting . Work / life philosophy : “ Always think positive , never slow down and give 110 % to any cause . Strive to assist people and businesses to maximize their potential . Be a problem-solver-perpetual learner . “ Give time to my community , involving myself in various organizations as a way to give back or help others . If you fail … fail tremendously … fall flat on your face . … This is when you learn something .”
HEATHER UPTON Job title : Chief Executive Officer , associate broker , The Real Estate Pros of Keller Williams Realty Education : Ball State University Job responsibilities : Recruit , train , coach real estate agents ; design and execute all marketing and public relations for home buyers and sellers , client events and community-support activities ; plan and execute growth plan for the business ; identify other business opportunities ; positively influence the lives of others through real estate sales . Work / life philosophy : “ Becoming a Realtor and growing a top-selling team was an unknown plan for me designed by a higher power ! Seventeen years ago , when I entered the business , I had no idea I would grow , own , lead a top-selling real estate team . “ This path I was led down was intended to positively impact other lives . People who need a good agent by their side , people who want a career opportunity to better their lives . I embrace every challenge that comes with this critical role , knowing helping people in all aspects of their lives is what I was meant to do .”
DECA J . WILLIAMS Job title : President and co-owner of Rowland Title Company Inc . Education : Graduated from Pendleton Heights High School ; bachelor of science in organizational leadership from Anderson University Job responsibilities : “ My principal role is to oversee the day-to-day operations of the company . My functions are organic and transition based on the needs of the company . That means that I could do one of ( or more likely a combination of ) the following in a day : evaluating our budget / finances , managing and assisting our team , speaking to customers , networking and training about ways to improve our internal processes .” Work / life philosophy : “ Success and happiness are byproducts of genuinely caring about others . To me , it is essential to build and maintain relationships , both personally and professionally , with much overlap between the two . “ It is also essential to embrace and give back to the community . Madison County is not only where I reside , it is where I own a company , raise my children , do my hobbies and choose to live . The only way to make a difference in the community is with the help of others . “ The relationships that I have built over my lifetime in this community are invaluable .”
KIM WILLIAMS Job title : Vice president of resource development , United Way of Madison County Education : Anderson University , bachelor of arts in design and mass communications , 1994 ; Certified Fundraising Executive ( CFRE ), 2020 Job responsibilities : Donor relationships and development , fundraising , marketing , event planning and management , communications , business partnerships and database management Work / life philosophy : “ I believe that everyone has the ability to impact someone else ’ s life for good . There are so many ways to do that – donate to organizations you believe in , volunteer your time , offer to help in meaningful ways , speak up for others , pitch in and be a part of something bigger than yourself . You don ’ t have to do something big to make a huge difference . “ Working for United Way provides me the opportunity to let others experience the joy that comes from giving and making a difference in their community . I ’ m extremely lucky to be able to do something I believe in every day .”