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Meet Lynda L. Buel, Owner and CEO of Security Risk Management Consultants

I am Lynda L. Buel, CPP, CFE, CSC, CPTED Practitioner, Owner and CEO of Security Risk Management Consultants (SRMC).

I am a member of the NAWBO Columbus Membership Committee, NAWBO National Circle, and NAWBO Columbus Roundtable.

Tell us about your business.

Security Risk Management Consultants (SRMC) is an independent physical security consulting firm that assists organizations in assessing their risk and providing technology design, specifications, policy and procedure development, RFP for security guard services, emergency management planning and training, and the implementation of the most appropriate security measures for their organization.

What inspired you to get into your business?

Ever since the age of 4, I wanted to be an FBI agent. Instead of becoming a FBI agent, I decided to get into the private security sector and became a police officer for Bank One, a financial organization headquartered in Columbus, OH. I was responsible for investigating all the internal and external crimes perpetrated against the Bank as well as the physical security operations. After 18 years in the industry, a peer of mine convinced me to move to the “dark” side of security and start consulting. The rest is history. I have been consulting for the last 17 years.

What are your three best practices or best tips that every NAWBO member needs to hear?

SRMC is in the professional services business and it is imperative that we commit to the following:

  1. A solid customer retention strategy. The best customer any business has is the one they already have. We all know that it is much more profitable to keep an existing customer than to try and find a new customer. One means is through the utilization of a robust customer retention management (CRM) system. Good customer relations requires good customer retention.
  2. Project profitability. Accurately tracking each one of your project’s time and expenses is key to keeping your profit margins high. You need to compare your projected times and expenses against your actuals to ensure you are charging the right fess for your services.
  3. Streamline your processes. Having accurate and appropriate documented processes is a key to the success of any business for it cuts down on unnecessary errors.

What does your future look like?

We are in growth mode and currently evaluating offering additional services which would allow our customers to engage us for more security related services without having to hire another company. In the last 4 ½ years, we have doubled our staff and our goal is to increase that number in the next year.

 What do you do in your free time?

Free time – what is that? All kidding aside, my favorite pastime is to spend time with family (my husband and children) at our home in the country relaxing, hiking, four wheeling, cooking, and being away from connectivity. We have no cell phone coverage or internet which is amazing!

What is your company website?

My business website is www.srmcllc.com

Meet René Delane, Founder and CEO of Women Who Dare LLC

I am René Delane, founder and CEO of Women Who Dare LLC.  Serving on past Visionary Committees, helping secure an “Oprah moment” giveaway with Southwest Airlines, acting as an ambassador for NAWBO Columbus through social media and contributing an article for a diversity panel at the national level have all been powerful ways to honor the mission of NAWBO.

Tell us about your business.

Women Who Dare delivers transformative Inclusion Consulting, Speaking and Coaching. We stand for gender balance and inclusive leadership by amplifying the voices and contributions of minority women that are often underrepresented in positions of leadership. We inspire, educate and advocate for women to be strong leaders, powerful influencers and confident communicators. We partner with men who are allies because our communities, the nation and world need all voices to create a future that serves all.

What inspired you to get into your business?

Twenty-five years spent as one of the first physician assistants in surgery, patient education and care along with a childhood of economic poverty but rich in values and experiences were all the puzzle pieces that fit together to form Women Who Dare.

What are your three best practices or best tips that every NAWBO member needs to hear?

  1. “Get off your ask” by asking for help when you are stuck, when you want to meet someone you respect and admire, and especially when you don’t understand a request, business directive or someone’s comments clearly. Communicating with clarity is your ticket to success.
  2. Develop a positive outlook, mentality and attitude by using simple habits born of self-affirming steps; being kind to your mind, and placing faith in your smarts and your heart.
  3. You are the gatekeeper for your mind. Challenge the cultural messages for women from cradle to career and beyond to be polite, agreeable, humble to a fault. It’s embedded in cultures (except Wonder Woman’s) and becomes the norm.

What does your future look like?

I’m excited to publish my first book, “Get Off Your Ask” in early 2018 and also share the stories through interviews/videos behind statues such as “Fearless Girl” and many others that honor the achievements of women around the world.

 What do you do in your free time?

I love to hike with my husband, daughters, and four-year old grandson.  The child-like love of nature as seen through the eyes of a child has never left me.  Libraries, museums, ethnic restaurants, books and meeting diverse people restore my faith in the basic goodness of humankind.

What is your company website?

My business website is www.women-who-dare.com

Meet LaToya Dowdell-Burger with La Ti Do Music Co.

LaToya Dowdell-BurgerMy name is LaToya Dowdell-Burger and I am the owner of La Ti Do Music Co.  I look forward to joining a committee in the very near future.

Tell us about your business.

La Ti Do Music Co. is a full-service music production and consulting firm established in 2009.  Our team has over 20 years of experience in sound engineering/installation, electronics and the electrical trade.  There is also 15 years of Business Administration, Human Resources Management, Marketing, Public Relations and military/civilian government experience.  Our team members are musicians, composers and singers/and songwriters in their own right.  This is an added value to our clients who come to La Ti Do.  We have a recording studio and offer an array of services such as... 

  1. Rehearsal Space
  2. Public Relations/Marketing
  3. Artist/Band Business/Brand Development
  4. Live Sound
  5. Church Sound Consultation/Installation 
  6. Songwriting 
  7. Commercial Writing/Production
  8. Voice Over

 We provide the following instruments for rehearsal & recording...

  1.  Drums
  2. Organ w/ Leslie Hammond A 100
  3. 2 Electric Guitars
  4. 1 Acoustic Guitar
  5. 1 Keyboard with Midi capability

Recently Men of God's Heart recorded their latest album at La Ti Do. Their highly anticipated sophomore album (self-titled Men of God's Heart) has been on the Billboard Gospel Top Album sales since its debut.  They have reached #6 in July and they made two more charts (The Heat Seekers Charts) and ranked #22 on the Top Albums in Gospel.

What inspired you to get into your business?

I have been singing since I was 3 and love Christian music.  As an artist working on my own project and after several friends approached me in the industry, the light went off to open the company.  We have been doing well ever since.

What are your three best practices or best tips that every NAWBO member needs to hear?

Stay true to yourself, your vision and your brand.  Your instincts don't lie. You know more than you think. (Not saying you are a know it all.) - Understand the power of NO.  You must ensure you have a great balance with work and family.  You are no good to anyone, if you do not take time for yourself and those who love you and support you.  Surround yourself with people who believe in what you are doing.  You do not need a YES corner.  But a corner that will tell you the truth.  Thank them as this will help you grow in ways you never knew.  A songwriter said, "If you never had any rain, how would you grow...".  (Not sure who the writer is.)

LaToya Dowdell-BurgerWhat does your future look like?

My goal is to continue to provide artists/bands help in achieving their goals in the entertainment industry.  Also, we would like to open an event center and expand our services to our client base. 

 What do you do in your free time?

We have an amazing family and we enjoy going to concerts and music clinics.  I enjoy spending time with family and friends as this is very important to me.  We are a musical/artistic family, so you can catch us writing music or hanging out at an amusement park.  I volunteer at my church as a worship leader and marketing director as well as various other organizations.   Our family life is very busy as well. We have 1 freshman college student (nursing), 2 high school seniors (one very involved in music and the other involved in music and business), 1 high school freshman (IT and art) and 1 second grader (who is also involved in IT and art).  My husband and I wouldn't have it any other way and are hopeful that we will be able to add to our family again very soon.

What is your company website?

My business website is www.latidomusicco.com