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Kathryn Engstrom

Kathryn EngstromMary Kay, Inc. is an American privately owned multi-level marketing, direct sales company that sells cosmetics products. According to Direct Selling News, Mary Kay was the sixth largest direct selling company in the world in 2011, with net sales of USD 2.9 billion.

Mary Kay distributors (called "beauty consultants") can potentially make income by directly selling to people in their community, and also receive a share of sales made by people they recruit into the distribution network. Mary Kay distributors must purchase a $100 starter kit in order to qualify.

Kathryn Engstrom is an Independent Sr. Million Dollar Sales Director with Mary Kay. Before Mary Kay, Kathryn was a manager in data processing. Because of the incredible money making potential...even though she didn't believe it, Kathryn started her Mary Kay business 18 years ago saying she'd try "this dumb thing." In her first 8 months, she earned her 1st FREE career car, debuted as a director, and was Number 7 in the National Court of Sales earning her 1st of 6 diamond rings.

She was a charter member of the fabulous 50′s Club, and 50′s elite. In her first year as a Director Kathryn earned: Mary Kay's triple Star, National Court of Sales, #5 in the National Court of Recruiting, $300,000 Circle of Achievement, and was honored as the #1 Best new Director in her National Area. She has also been a Double Star director 11 times and the Triple Star 3 times. She has 67 stars on her Ladder of Success and has earned 39 Gold Medals. Additionally, Kathryn has been in the Top 10 of the National Queens Court of Recruiting at Seminar for 14 years, once as 2nd runner-up, and twice as 1st runner up.

Kathryn Engstrom is looking for women who are ambitious, have desire, work hard, play hard, want to have freedom and flexibility to design their life, quality time with family, unlimited income, grow personally, spiritually and make a difference in this world for God!!!

Contact Kathryn Engstrom by phone at 813-728-7498, by
email or visit

Note: Excerpts included from Go Mind Your Business, article written by Terri Bork of Extreme Marketing Concepts and Wikipedia.


Faye Mill, Professional Guardian and Owner

Check It Record Keeping ServiceFaye has been a Professional Guardian for the elderly since 1997, through the Hillsborough County Courts. This consists of taking complete charge and responsibility of a person's life. All medical, financial and living decisions for the best interest and protection of the client.

Guardians must have specific education, pass a state exam to earn certification by county and state, a clean credit record and pass the FBI background and fingerprint exams.

As a Fiduciary, Faye is appointed by The Dept. of Veteran's Affairs, Social Security Administration, Company Petition Plans or the client, to manage a client's income. Jessica works in the office to assure the client's rent and important bills and obligations are paid on time, and old debts are negotiated and paid.

Faye also provides Health Care Proxy service for those who do not have family and Personal Representative Service for families who cannot manage a deceased loved ones assets and obligations.

It is a privilege to assist and protect our elderly and our national veterans who are unable to protect themselves.

Our Daily Money Management Program assists with goal setting, clearing bad credit, building good credit and encouraging a saving plan for the future, helping the client to maintain independence.

Contact Faye Mill at 813-971-1616 or by email at


Capt. Robert (Bob) J. Silah, USN (Ret) - Chairman &
Bob & Sherry Markee, Operation Helping Hand Committee

Operation Helping Hand (Op HH)Launched in May 2004 as a special initiative of the Tampa Chapter of Military Officers Association of America, Operation Helping Hand (Op HH) is a devoted humanitarian effort dedicated to providing support for U.S. military active duty personnel wounded/injured abroad and being cared for at the James A. Haley VA Hospital in Tampa, and their visiting families. Now, it also includes those who have been medically discharged and still receive outpatient care. They arrive with the following wounds and injuries: blindness, amputations, blast injuries, burns, brain and spinal cord injuries or a combination of these injuries referred to as Polytrauma.

Since its inception, Op HH has assisted more than 1,000 wounded/injured patients and a countless number of family members. The assistance ranges from roundtrip commercial air travel for immediate family members to be with their injured loved ones to paying for rental cars, prepaid cell phones, comfort items and many other helpful gestures.

A monthly recognition dinner honoring the patients and their families is held on the 3rd Thursday of every month at the James A. Haley VA Hospital in Tampa. The purpose of these dinners is to recognize and honor our heroes, along with their families, and thank them for their military service.

The administrative costs for Op HH total approximately 3.5 percent of funds contributed. All of the work is done by volunteers, with no compensation whatsoever.

Since serving as Chairman of Op HH, Captain Robert (Bob) J. Silah USN (Ret) has been the recipient of the following awards/recognitions:

  • "Newman's Own" - Selected first out of 177 in national competition;
  • The Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce - Special Humanitarian Award;
  • The United Way - Volunteer of the Year Award;
  • The Mayor's Alliance - Community Service Award;
  • Governor's Point of Light Award;
  • President's Call to Service Award (from President George W. Bush);
  • Tampa Bay Lightning "Community Hero" Award;
  • Admiral Collins Leadership Award (first recipient);
  • ASAE National Award;
  • Florida Veterans' Hall of Fame selection (1 of 6 out of 155 applicants)

Bob also founded and is President of SKY Sportswear, Inc. In 2012, he was elected to the MOAA National Board of Directors, which oversees the 400,000 national MOAA members.

For more information about Op HH, visit:

James P. Whitaker, PhD - President

Arachne Business SystemsWho is Arachne Business Systems?
We began nearly 25 years ago as a provider of PC network based accounting systems for small businesses. Initially we concentrated on pre-packaged systems for retailers and wholesalers. These systems included LANs, PC hardware, horizontal software, and application software. As the PC industry changed we responded by gradually moving away from the hardware side of the business. Instead, we concentrated on the application software. This led us to begin to develop our capability to provide assistance to the management of the business beyond simply providing IT products for the business.

To expand our capabilities as business consultants, our President, Jim Whitaker enrolled in and completed an on-line Doctoral program in Business Administration. In addition to his academic credentials he has acquired a Florida Insurance Agents license, a Business Brokers license, he is a SCORE Certified Mentor and he is an Associate in the Institute for Independent Business, an international association of business consultants. These various credentials and certifications position him to provide "cradle to grave" management consulting assistance to small business owners as they go from a start up business or seeking a business to buy to ultimately retiring from that business.

We are presently concentrating on "Baby Boomers" who are considering retiring and preparing their small business for sale. We include medical practices in our definition of a small business. We provide a seminar entitled "Savvy Social Security Planning" as a starting point for any "Baby Boomer" whether employee or owner. We then provide a range of planning tools and programs to help the "Boomer" plan for retirement.

For more information about Arachne Business Systems, contact Jim at, or visit Arachne Business Systems online.

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