We had the good fortune of connecting with Jacqueline Tabbah and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jacqueline, we’d love to start by asking you about lessons learned. Is there a lesson you can share with us?
I have learned many lessons at International Stoneworks, but most importantly that being a woman in a male dominated industry is actually an advantage. I am a woman working in a man’s world in the stone industry, but I have turned this obstacle into a positive. I embrace being a minority in a male-driven industry and I celebrate my individuality. We provide stone restoration services to commercial and residential customers and I am able to relate to female property managers and homeowners. I also want my voice heard in the stone business, so I write a blog, “Written In Stone” where I discuss topics ranging from how to care for your marble kitchen to how to polish and maintain a lobby floor.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I graduated college in 2008 and shortly after started working “temporarily” for my father, Rawi Tabbah at his company, International Stoneworks, Inc. My first task was to simply answer phones; however, my curiosity and passion for stone care and maintenance drove me. After completely re-vamping all online material and creating a social media campaign, I think my father realized how much I loved the company. Today I am Vice President. I have a hand in just about all aspects of the business. One of our recent accomplishments was starting a line of stone care products specifically for Amazon Prime. I feel truly honored that I get to work in a business that my father built from the ground up.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
A perfect little trip to Houston (in non-COVID times) would have to include lots of great food: TexMex, BBQ, dim sum, a boozy brunch one Sunday morning. During the day, I would visit any exhibit at the Museum of Fine Art Houston, putter around the Heights, or even take half a day to visit Space Center Houston. One time I went to see a light exhibit at the Underground Cistern and absolutely loved it. In the evening, I would either catch a band at the White Oak Music Hall or see a midnight movie at the River Oaks Theater.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I want to dedicate my shoutout to International Stoneworks’ owner, Rawi Tabbah. Not only is he an incredible mentor, but also an amazing father.