Grace was born at the tail end of the 1980's making her a solid Millennial. She's tech-savvy, team oriented and fiercely passionate about helping others. She started her career as a teacher though she earned her business stripes as the Executive Director of a non-profit organization where she catapulted the organization to success.
Under Grace's leadership the hunger-relief agency drastically increased the number of children it served with weekend meals. Starting as the only employee, Grace grew the organization while managing staff and 800 volunteers. She also oversaw the financial accounting of half a million dollars. She was responsible for inventory, public relations, marketing and community partnerships. As a result of her efforts, the organization experienced increased revenues and helped to set industry standards. Her crowning achievements were securing a gift of a quarter of a million dollars and opening an endowment which will forever benefit the children of Citrus County.
Grace serves on the Board of Directors for the Citrus County Chamber of Commerce and the PACE Center for Girls - Citrus. She is a member of Leadership Citrus, Crystal River Rotary Club, SCU Community Advisory Board, College of Central Florida Community Advisory Council, Homosassa Area Council and Citrus 2030. She has been publicly recognized as the Distinguished Citizen of the Year and as a Pillar of the Business Community. Grace has received awards for Service Above Self, Making a Difference, and Community Dedication & Commitment.
Since childhood, Grace has had a deep-rooted love for the outdoors earning her the nickname: Eco-Girl. She and her husband, Seton, live in the Nature Coast with their dogs, Cocoa & Polo.
Mary Catherine has been keen on setting an example others can follow her entire life. For decades she has been guided by her principles making her an anomaly in the corporate world. Striving to insure that team members have the resources needed to professionally and personally develop, she's an expert in human resources, team building and solving complex problems. Mary Catherine's career started in sales within a family business, but it was during her career at a Fortune 1000 company that she discovered her innate business abilities.
Her first responsibility at a world-wide concrete and aggregate company was in material supply as an Account Manager of a single ready-mix plant. Crushing the historic average of the facility’s productivity, she led her team to a profitable 52% increase in her first year. It was her first victory of many to come. Within 18 months, Mary Catherine was promoted to an Area Manager for a tri-county region responsible for all sales & operations. One year later, she became the Sales Manager for the entire Tampa Bay Region covering the West Coast of Florida. She excelled in the male-dominated field and in the years to come her hard work was recognized with multiple achievement awards, but the real rewards were seeing her team members develop and her teams thrive. After she seamlessly managed the integration of team members during three corporate mergers, Mary Catherine made the decision to return to small business. This move strategically provided an avenue to expand her knowledge and professional experience as a Business Development Director for a reputable Environmental Contracting Firm. She learned how to navigate and develop business as a contractor in a competitive and dog-eat-dog economy.
Mary Catherine has a heart for her community and serves on the board of East Pasco's Meals on Wheels and Daybreak Zephyrhills Rotary Club. She is actively involved in the Society of American Engineers (S.A.M.E.), Tampa Bay Association of Environmental Professionals (TBAEP), Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc. - Florida Gulf Coast Chapter, the National Association of Women In Construction - Tampa Chapter and the Tampa Bay Chamber of Commerce,. She was recognized in 2011 as the Bay News 9 Everyday Hero for her work with Citrus County Harvest.
An avid traveler, Mary Catherine enjoys a good book, Mozart horn concertos, spending time with her grandchildren and watching dolphins swim from the back deck of her Emerald Coast get-a-away.