THONOTOSASSA – As a teenager, Graceanne Williams turned down a potential job at McDonald’s because of her extreme bashfulness.
“She had a horrible fear of having to wait on people at the counter,” her husband, Rick Williams said.
Her mother, Carolyn Curtis, concurred.
“She was so shy,” she said.
Today her family members marvel at the woman’s tremendous transformation and her subsequent success in the business world.
Graceanne Williams is a Mary Kay independent sales director who oversees a unit of 100 beauty consultants. Due to her leadership and motivational prowess, their sales have earned the majority of her “ladies” a lucrative living.
And she, a stay-at-home mother of three with a degree in elementary education, said her income has far surpassed what she would have made in the classroom.
The perks aren’t bad either. In her 14-year affiliation with Mary Kay, her team’s outstanding sales has earned her several bonuses, including fine jewelry, vacation trips and automobiles – several times over.
Earlier this month Graceanne Williams was presented with her eighth car – a 2014 pearl pink Cadillac CTS – by Mark Wamsley, general manager of Ed Morse Cadillac in Brandon
The date coincided with Rick’s birthday, who was among other family members and Mary Kay sales representatives in the dealership’s showroom for the vehicle’s unveiling.
As part of the deal Mary Kay will also pay 80 percent of the car’s monthly insurance premium.
“I am so very blessed with the opportunity to drive a trophy on wheels,” she said. “Driving a pink Cadillac represents the great customers and the women of excellence in my unit.”
Curtis said she couldn’t have been prouder.
“It’s awesome and I’m really happy to have a daughter who is so successful,” she said.
But Graceanne Williams can’t take all the credit for her accomplishments.
When a former co-worker sent her an invitation to her first Mary Kay party, she was reluctant to attend.
“I really wasn’t planning on going … but I did not want to disappoint her,” she said. “I brought my mom because I hated to go anywhere by myself.”
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