TOP 25 WOMEN Impulsive, fearless . . . and successful
Combining the creative and the practical
atie Gilmartin knows hard work is the key to success, but she also knows the ability to adapt and a commitment to the original goals of her business are also important ingredients. As a partner at Nada & Co. in Scranton, her everyday responsibilities include those of the buyer, merchandiser and salesperson. She studied theatre at Fordham University and, after working in the field for several years in Manhattan, a series of freelance jobs allowed her to split her time between Nada & Co. and New York City. “This finally led me to the decision to return full-time to Scranton and to focus on our store,” she says, “It
was a gradual and natural decision.” When she was in high school, the family also managed a restaurant in the same building as Nada & Co., and she realized she enjoyed tasks like scheduling, budgeting and payroll. “Around the same time, opportunities in costume design began to present themselves and I ultimately pursued theatre as my major in college and then as my career. While I was in school and working in New York, I continued to be involved in the buying for the store. Although I had wonderful jobs in theatre, I began to realize that our business allowed me to balance my creative interests with the practical, administrative tasks I also enjoyed,” she says.
aggie Calpin Hemak’s philosophy is, “What’s the worst that can happen?” Living by that adage has made her fearless. As the owner of Nibbles & Bits, Scranton, Hemak says she wouldn’t be where she is today if she feared taking a chance. Graduating from Wyoming Seminary in 2003, she was uncertain as to a career path, knowing only that she enjoyed cosmetics and pretty, frilly things. As a result, she enrolled in Empire Beauty School and became a cosmetologist. While she enjoyed that career, she always felt something was missing. During this “finding herself” time, Hemak earned a
business degree Keystone College. A few weeks before her college graduation, Hemak heard the business Nibbles & Bits was for sale. “My intuition and slightly impulsive personality took control and I was on my way to buying it. I was 24, an almost-college-graduate with zero experience and a slim savings,” she says. She is very grateful to the University of Scranton’s Small Business Development Center and its executive director and her mentor, Lisa Hall Zielinski; the SBA, and First Liberty Bank who all believed in a girl with a dream. Nearly six years later, she says, “I stumbled on something that I now realize was what I was supposed to do. I absolutely love it.”
Congratulations, Mary Malone! On being recognized by the Northeast Pennsylvania Business Journal as being among
Northeast Pennsylvania’s Top 25 Women in Business 2015 We appreciate and are grateful for your tireless service to the community!
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Published on Mar 3, 2015