Rebecca McClain: Up-Close
I was raised on the outskirts of Atlanta in McDonough/Henry County.
How long have you been in Atlanta?
I left home at 18 to attend college in Atlanta and have lived here since that time, except for four years, from 1982 to 1986 when I lived in the San Francisco Bay area.
Name of your business … title … what/who inspired you to get in the business … how did they inspire you?
RM Enterprises. The entrepreneurial bug bit me in 1992 when I was laid off from my corporate job at the height of the recession. I started my own business, consulting small business owners. However, I did return to corporate America in 1992. I continued to operate my business on side as a safety net because I didn’t want to be blindsided again without anything to fall back on. I knew deep within that I was destined to work on my own, but at the time, I really didn’t know what that path would be.
I wrote my first book in 2000 on debt management and began teaching seminars on financial management. My second book was published in 2006, at which time I began hosting my own seminars at the Eagles Landing Country Club in Stockbridge, and my first newsletter rolled off the press in January, 2007. I hadn’t previously entertained the idea of being a coach, but it naturally evolved at that juncture.
What do you love about Atlanta?
On the sentimental side, what I love about Atlanta is its rich civil rights history. I also love the fact that Atlanta is a central hub for travel and entertainment. There’s a joke that, in order to go to heaven or hell, you have to go through Atlanta to get there.
What has been your greatest accomplishment so far? (work related)
My greatest accomplishment so far has been to take this leap of faith to follow my passion as an entrepreneur. I have been able to create two custom business programs that are making a positive impact in the lives and businesses of my clients.
Best book you’ve ever read, other than the Bible?
Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren
I have two favorite quotes from Zig Ziglar: “You will get all you want in life if you help enough other people get what they want” and my favorite humorous quote is, “Money won’t make you happy … but everybody wants to find out for themselves.”
What has been the lowest point in your life and how did you get over it?
My lowest point on a personal level was the loss of my mother in 2009. I can’t say that I’m over it, because there’s not a day that goes by that I don’t think about her, but it gets easier as time goes by.
I enjoy reading, sightseeing and beautiful island getaways.
What was your major in college?
I have an undergraduate degree in Business Administration and a graduate degree in Accounting and Taxation.
My father passed away when I was just 10 months old, so I was raised in a single-parent home by my mother. I am the youngest of 5 siblings; two brothers and two sisters.
Where did you go to college?
Undergraduate at Morris Brown College; Graduate school at Mercer University
What do you do that most people would be surprised to learn?
Although I speak professionally, I’m pretty reserved when I’m not in front of (or behind?) the microphone.
Favorite Georgia get-away
I don’t have a favorite Georgia getaway, but Helen, Georgia, with its majestic waterfalls and Calloway Gardens are occasional retreats.
I go through phases, but at the moment it’s coconut cake.
Best advice you’ve ever been given
“Don’t try to be someone you’re not, but be the best YOU that you can possibly be.”
The one thing everyone must know about doing business in Atlanta
Atlanta is one of the “biggest” “little” cities you’ll ever find. Big in the sense of being so spread out that you drive for an hour and still be within the metropolitan area. In a business sense, it can seem relatively small because it’s not uncommon to attend a networking/business event and see many of the same faces on a regular basis.
What inspires you?
I’m inspired by my goals and other people’s stories of success and triumph.
Awards, certificates, honors and recognition
Coach certification, Business Superstar Trailblazer Award as well as speaking certificates from Toastmaster’s International and from professional training institutes throughout my career.
Books you’ve written
On the Road to Freedom: Journey to Becoming Debt Free in 2000; Manifest Your Treasure in 2006; Redesign Your Reality in 2009
Organizations you belong to
I am a member of several business/networking associations including FraserNet, International Coach Federation, National Association of Female Executives and PYNTK.
What do you do to relax and unwind?
There are several things I do to unwind including taking in a weekday matinee when the theater is quiet. I regularly walk a nature trail, not only for physical exercise, but to help clear the daily clutter from my mind.
What is your hope for 2011?
My hope for 2011 is to expand into new territories and make a greater impact in the lives of the people I believe I’ve been called to help.