Interview with the co-founder and President of Ridgefield One, Cheryl Marceau.
I recently sat down with Cheryl after a very busy day at work. Ridgefield One is approaching its first anniversary and I wanted to get a sense of how she feels about owning and managing her own business. Aside from her role as President of the company, she is currently on the Board at the Ridgefield Theater Barn and volunteers at the (Danbury) Comcast Channel 23, helping with the production of community programs.
Q: You’ve mentioned on several occasions that you always wanted to own a business. How does it feel?
A. It’s a great reason to get up in the morning, knowing that I will be able to help people. There is the pyramid of needs that Maslow developed and it includes the basic needs of food, shelter and clothing. We offer a fourth need, employment.
Q. What other businesses did you think about starting?
A. In 1967, my husband at the time and I had thought about opening a housing development and later a pizza restaurant, or possibly a franchise (I was interested in a Pizza Hut, JoAnn’s Nut House or a “sock” store), but it didn’t materialize. For many years I had the dream to own a business.
Q. Why didn’t you start sooner?
A. I was unsure and didn’t have family support. When I was in high school, I really wanted to be an interior decorator, and even had an interview at the Pratt school in NYC. I was never pushed to do anything ambitious.
Q. What made you decide to start an IT Recruiting Agency?
A. It was all about timing. David (Cheryl’s son and co-founder) felt very strongly about going out on his own. He was ready to make a career move and was very confident about the business model, having worked in the Information Technology field for years. David also knew that I always wanted to own my own business and fortunately we now had some means to do this.
Q. Did you ever question launching a new business in a down economy?
A. No – I didn’t even consider the economy; I saw it as an opportunity.
Q. What made you think you were ready to manage your own business?
A. I always had a very strong work ethic. I had pretty extensive experience providing back office support and managing the administrative needs for other businesses. I was confident about running an office. I read a very inspiring book titled, Be My Guest, by Conrad Hilton. It chronicles the business endeavors of a hotel mogul. An honorable and ethical individual, he made his fortunes through hard work, calculated risks, and his “people skills.” This is the type of business owner I always dreamt of becoming and feel that I’m achieving.
Cheryl was interviewed by Elisa Zuckerberg, Director of Marketing, Ridgefield One
Offering IT and Creative Web Services for companies located in Fairfield, Connecticut and Westchester, New York. Ridgefield One recently expanded creating an Administrative Staffing Division, helping companies with their temporary hiring needs.