The Reno Gazette-Journal’s profile of NCET member Marie Gibson
What work experiences led to your current position? Life is full of amazing twists: I grew up on a ranch outside of Susanville, CA, and obtained a degree in animal science from Virginia Tech. After moving to Nevada, I earned my Master’s in renewable resources. I developed a software template for ranchers and farmers that helped them evaluate alternate management options for the best return of available resources. Upon earning my MBA, I became a business manager and ultimately an owner. I was asked to teach at Western Nevada College, starting me on a rewarding path as an educator, speaker and author. Since then, my management positions in private industry as well as non-profit organizations have provided me with an array of experiences and expertise in a number of industries, including once again the agricultural community!
I’m now using my 25 years of business experience as a consultant, educator, speaker and author to allow business owners to focus on running their businesses with certainty in an uncertain world. I love to teach and have been a QuickBooks workshop instructor throughout Nevada and northern California for more than nine years and have taught accounting and business at the University Nevada, Reno, and Western Nevada College. I am an Advanced QuickBooks ProAdvisor, a member of Intuit’s National Speaker and Writer Network and a certified NxLevel Business Planning instructor for the Nevada Small Business Development Center.
2. Why do I do what I do: Business owners, managers and non-profits are busy making their enterprises successful; I help to make them more successful by transforming their financial systems and creating timely and insightful financial reports. In my role as consultant, I’m also able to help them create and evaluate their plans for success. It’s very satisfying to see someone put rock solid numbers behind their business ideas. It’s also rewarding to help build creative solutions for struggling business owners to increase revenues and cut expenses.
3. What brought me to Reno or why I stay in Reno: I love Reno because of the community’s openness, tolerance and respect that people still show each other regardless of differing beliefs. I like the variety of events and activities—everyone seems to have healthy and active lifestyles. Northern Nevada is a perfect location for the outdoor pursuits that I enjoy, such as hiking and snow-shoeing.
4. What I do to leave work at the office: My husband, Dave Archer, and I travel whenever we can. I love to see how people are similar and different in other parts of the world. I enjoy gardening and also have started participating in walks and runs such as the American Lung Association’s stair climb at the Silver Legacy.
5. How I give back to my community: Non-profit organizations sometimes struggle with continuity among board members, so I provide pro-bono accounting services for several local organizations. I’m also an active member of several groups such as Nevada’s Center for Entrepreneurism and Technology, American Society Training Development, Nevada Professional Coach Association, The Chamber, Northern Nevada Development Authority and The Center for Adaptive Riding, and I have served on numerous non-profit boards.
6. Best business book I’ve read lately: I love to read, and I’m always devouring books, journals, blogs and articles. My current favorite book is Awaken the Giant Within by Tony Robbins. He describes a life without limits, and – in America today – I believe that we can truly mold our lives as we wish and reach our greatest dreams.
7. Best place in Reno to meet with clients or colleagues: I love to meet people for lunch and usually head to The Grill or Nothing to It. I also meet friends – and new clients – at northern Nevada’s numerous monthly networking events.
8. My leadership philosophy: I hope to set an example for others by living a full, active and vibrant life. I’ve always been able to accomplish a great deal, and I share my ability to achieve goals with my clients and friends. I help clients set goals and achieve them by providing them with insights, skills and knowledge, then hold them accountable for their movement forward.
9. Notable Achievements – awards, recognitions: One of the most touching awards I’ve received was the Adjunct Faculty of the Year Award from Western Nevada College just a few short years after I started teaching. It inspired me to study how people learn best and to continue teaching. I’m now working on my Doctorate in education leadership with an emphasis in online learning effectiveness. I’ve written two books, Smart Books=Smart Business, a business owner’s guide to creating a simple yet effective accounting system, and The Caregiver’s Journal, a powerful tool that helps make sense of the overwhelming experience of caring for a loved one in the hospital.
10. If I could do something else: I would devote myself full-time to The Caregiver’s Journal (www.The-Caregivers-Journal.com). The Journal facilitates communications among caregivers and medical professionals by helping family members track and share information and conversations. Since the book launched in November, I’ve been asked to speak at healthcare conferences and trainings, and close to 100 hospitals and medical care facilities have ordered it. It’s been rewarding to know I’m helping caregivers become better advocates for their hospitalized loved ones, which ultimately leads to better outcomes for the patients.