I started out professionally as a teacher for 5 years. In 1973, I became a full-time public school administrator and in the same year, I became an area rep for an organization. I stayed in both positions until 1988. But having two full-time jobs was quite difficult, especially since I had taken on the supervision of many short-term programs as well as the Academic Year program. I started my new career with IEF and soon thereafter became the President of IEF and I left the field of high school education. It was a difficult decision.
Our Board of Directors took over ISE and I became the CEO in 1997. We started SMG in 2004 at which time I became its President. At that time, all of our partners were using 4 of our AYP companies to pay for their invoices. SMG was started originally as an organization where all of the international partners could pay all of their invoices into one SMG bank account which was then dispersed into the 4 organizations. SMG has grown dramatically since then with our key program being “Canadian High Schools.” This program continues to grow annually. SMG now has a full team of marketing experts who take nearly 40 trips per year to help market to our agents and to find new agents. SMG has also taken on the task of helping to train new agents in our SMG programs and in the AYP programs. SMG has become one of the leaders in marketing, training and operating high school age exchange programs.