We had the good fortune of connecting with Kristan Pedesclaux and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kristan, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
I turned my passion for helping people create their dream day, into a business when I lost my corporate job of 18 years. My company had a large layoff, to include many senior executives- including me. For years I’ve planned big events for friends and family and decided to turn my passion into a business.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I have experience in sales, customer service, profits/losses, marketing, etc from years as a Regional Director of Operations. This helped me quickly build a business model and start my planning business. Any other questions that I had- like licensing or EIN’s for example, were easily answered with a little research on the internet. It took me about 60 days to have my DBA, a website, and social media pages up and running. I also took an event planning course to sharpen my Planning Skills and a Wedding Design course to better assist future clients. (Course taken through: The Bridal Society) The next step was networking by meeting with various vendors: photographers, florists, cake designers, and venue directors to leave my information and discuss my services and how we could be business partners by referrals. I was pleasantly surprised at the number of vendors who were also turning their passions into their own businesses. I’ve met some amazing people in the wedding industry and was even hired on as an Event Coordinator at White Oaks on the Bayou Event Venue. I think what sets me apart is my pursuit of perfection for clients! I want everything perfect, and though perfection is not necessarily attainable, the result is usually something excellent. I am prompt in all responses and communications, decisive when decisions need to be made, resourceful when problems arise, and always keep the client’s vision as my #1 priority. Through this career change, I’ve learned that doors close for a reason, seasons end, and life turns unexpectedly and often for the better. You can truly make lemonade out of lemons. The freedom of having your own business and turning your passion into a profit is a gift! Set your mind to it- you can do it!
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Being a New Orleans native, I love Brennans! I think Trulucks is a great option and I love a little Italian place in Katy called Antonia’s! For pizza, we love Grimaldi’s. For things to see: The Houston Museum of Natural Science is awesome, the Budweiser Brewery Tour is fun, NASA space center is interesting as well. Outside of the city, Kemah Boardwalk is fun and we always take friends to Galveston- staying at Hotel Galvez often. The historic district of Galveston is a must-see.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I’d have to recognize God for giving me peace during this time of transition and my husband, Miguel, for being my biggest cheerleader. He has supported me throughout my corporate career successes and now has encouraged me to pursue my own business if I choose. He is always behind me 100%.
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