After spending years working for other people, Wendy Kleefisch decided to start her own transportation business. Brevard Executive Transportation, which recently celebrated its 10-year anniversary, provides a fleet of professional ground transportation vehicles and highly trained, uniformed chauffeurs. Ms. Kleefisch prepared for her career by listening and learning through hands-on experience. After the success of her business, she developed a nonprofit organization, called the Central Florida Livery Association. It will offer medical transportation and funeral services, and approved by The National Limo Association.
As a woman in today’s world, Ms. Kleefisch feels that her female mentors contributed to her success, particularly Carrie from Reston Limo, who was a long background in the profession. Carrie motivates Ms. Kleefisch, and contributes to her leadership success. Additionally, she feels that, as a woman, she brought a level of customer service and finesse to the industry that no man has been able to achieve. Ms. Kleefisch believes that there should be a change in the way women are treated, so she mentors young women in entrepreneurship. She would advise them to write down their goals, as it creates an increased sense of accountability, and work toward achieving them every day.
Ms. Kleefisch believes that her greatest strength is giving back to the community. Besides her own nonprofit, she is also involved with the Wounded Warrior Project, the Ryan Seacrest Foundation, and the Special Early Internal Women’s Center. When Ms. Kleefisch isn’t working, she enjoys walking her dog on the beach and cooking.
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