||An unstoppable entrepreneur, speaker, and networker, Maria began selling AVON at age 14, landed at Merrill Lynch on Wall Street at age 17, and shattered the glass ceiling by age 21. Fiercely determined and keenly insightful, she became a bond trader at Reynolds Securities when female executives were as rare as pink diamonds. Maria spent the next 20 years trading, streamlining corporate operations, and dispensing advice that made and saved millions of dollars for her employers: Bear Stearns, Fundamental Brokers Inc., and Carroll McEntee & McGinley. Maria also mentored many secretaries and clerks transforming them into junior traders.
In 1998, brimming with over 25 years of business experience, Maria founded Coach Maria, a virtual life coaching company. In 2002 the name was changed to Elevating Your Business to better reflect Maria's vast business experience and it's mission expanded to helping it's clients reach more profitable clients, multiply income, and be more fulfilled. Maria's Wall Street career distinguishes her in the field of strategic coaching since she's worked in a variety of company departments and is also a business advisor and consultant. Her understanding of core business fundamentals, marketing, computers, the Internet, and profitability has benefited clients whose sales range from $200,000 to $30 million per year. Always practical, yet she's recognized as forward thinking decision maker who gives her clients tools and training that inspires them to dream much bigger.
Always keen on mastering the latest technology for business success, Maria has used websites and social networking since the late 1990's as a marketing tool. Her profile has been featured in LinkedIn® tutorial videos. Maria's concepts have been quoted regularly in prestigious media outlets including: Entrepreneur magazine, Money Magazine, RIA Biz, Jim Cramer's "The Street," Women's Day Magazine, Market Watch, Advisor Max, and The Bottom Line (see some links after this bio). Her strategies are also featured in several books including books Six Steps to Free Publicity by Marcia Yudkin, Streetwise Small Business Book of Lists edited by Gene Marks, The Woman's Advantage Calendar and Find Your Inner Betty by Tanner Stransky and 9 ebooks she's authored.
Being a prolific speaker doesn't surprise any of Maria's former teachers or classmates. She's spoken at more than 100 business and association meetings, colleges, schools, retreats, conferences, as well as appeared on radio and TV shows. Like E.F. Hutton, when Maria speaks, people listen but they also take notes and immediate action!
Outside of work Maria started volunteering as a teacher in grammar school. As a Community Activist she widened the horizons of teenager as well as protected parkland and has been honored with awards by the the NYC Parks Department, the Lynne Steinman Foundation and Fmr. Senator Strainare.
She loves to drive around the country, enjoys playing card or board games, gardens, attending the theater, concerts, or you just might find her perusing her favorite hardware and office supply stores. She's a member of the National Association of Female Executives (NAFE), Women's Speakers Association, Women Advisors Forum, and First Lutheran Church, Poulsbo, WA.
Contact Maria today and take the first step toward reaching more profitable clients, multiplying income, and be more fulfilled. Click here to schedule an exploratory session. Or call us at 360.271.8418 .