Challenging the Status Quo: Staci Redmon's Entrepreneurial Journey

Ask Staci L. Redmon, CEO and President of Strategy and Management Services, Inc. (SAMS), what the secret to her success is, and she'll tell you it's that she doesn't acceptthe status quo. "My background is non-traditional," - said Redmon. "As a woman in the male-dominated technology industry, I have always been determined to break the mold."

Redmon's determination to forge her own path has served her well. In 2008, she founded SAMS, a facilities management and business operations provider, which today is ranked among the top small businesses in Northern Virginia and the Washington, DC region. Redmon has received numerous national and local awards for her leadership. Most recently, she was recognized as a Trailblazing Woman in Business by the Fairfax County Commission for Women-an award that has special meaning to Redmon because of her goal tosupport women business owners in the local community. The proclamation honors pioneering women who continue to successfully challenge the role of women in the economy and who have worked to eliminate social challenges for other working women. "I am honored to be named among the recipients of this proclamation," - said Redmon. "It is my hope that the next generation of female leaders in business and labor will see the endless possibilities for themselves. I pledge my support to continue to demonstrate that female leaders can in fact succeed, and to show the positive influence they have on the organizations they build."

Staci L. Redmon, CEO and President of Strategy and Management Services, Inc. (SAMS)
Staci L. Redmon, CEO and President of Strategy and Management Services, Inc. (SAMS)

The Road to Trailblazer

As a United States Army Veteran and a civil servant who has worked in several capacities, Redmon watched as vital equipment for our warfighters was denied funding. Frustrated, she knew she needed to do something. Faced with considerable adversity, she used her utter determination and commitment to our service members to fuel her drive, creating an organization that measured success not by the bottom line, but by the impact it would have on its people, clients, and the community. With this trailblazing spirit, Redmon set off to make her vision a reality.

"Looking back, my male counterparts had an easier time launching their businesses," - said Redmon. "Their companies were clearly taking off-they would come out of a meeting with a deal closed, and I had to work harder." Redmon discovered that the challenges she faced would only strengthen her resolve to make SAMS a success. Redmon believes that connecting with small business organizations can help women overcome those challenges. "I have witnessed so many women making strides in the industry, and they inspired me to do the same."

"As a woman, one of my greatest strengths is the ability to multitask. However, I knew when to hire employees to help fill in the gaps." With the support of her family and key personnel, Redmonwas able to focus on growing SAMS. "When you think you can't do it, don't give up-keep going. If you are passionate about your business, you will make it a success."

"One of the greatest lessons I've learned is to take everything that you know and apply that knowledge to your decisions," - said Redmon. "Women need to continue to support and lift each other up. If we connect, we will make those strides that we are working towards."

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