August 04, 2008 // Franchising.com // - Master Licensee Peter Williamson has named Kathie Ittel as an ActionCOACH in California.
Ittel will be practicing from her home-based office and servicing Northern California, particularly Mendocino County.
In addition to owning and operating three small businesses, Ittel has also worked in the corporate world.
The first business she opened was a franchise, which was ranked in the top 100 out of 4000 for three consecutive years. The loan office she opened gained corporate distinction by being the fastest to profitability in the company's 80-year history.
"I sold two of the businesses at an appreciated value and am still co-owner of the third. I have also managed a consumer loan office," she said.
Ittel has also spent 20 years in corporate finance, primarily in the hi-tech industry. Most recently, she was the Accounting Manager for a local manufacturer.
Ittel's experience as a business owner allows her to empathize with the freedom, pressures and frustrations that come from being self-employed. Years spent in the corporate world have instilled in her an appreciation of the business process that is driven not so much by personalities as it is by responsibilities - somewhat different from small businesses.
She believes that ActionCOACH is the answer to the problems faced by many small and medium sized businesses.
"My new role as an ActionCOACH enables me to blend my corporate and small business experience, education, successes (and failures) as well as goals into a single role that will allow me to help one of the most potent economic forces in our country – small to mid-sized businesses," she said.
Ittel is actively involved in the local community.
"I just finished a four-year term on the Board of Directors for the Mendocino Music Festival and am currently the volunteer bookkeeper for the Mendocino Coast Humane Society ARK retail store. I am also involved in the Mendocino Film Festival.
Ittel is a member of the Mendocino Coast Chamber of Commerce, the National Federation of Independent Businesses, the Professional Picture Framers Association, the National Notary Association, the National Signing Agent Association, the National Association of Credit Management and the Appraisal Institute.
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