I clearly remember seeing a wonderful picture of Hawaii in a National Geographic magazine when I was a little girl. I immediately knew that someday Hawaii would be in my future. While living in Pittsburgh, the visions of palm trees swaying in the breeze, white sandy beaches, and inexplicable blue waters constantly filled my mind. At times, I felt as though I was born to the right people in the wrong state. Don’t get me wrong, I’m proud of my Western Pennsylvania roots and I’m “beyond an avid Steelers fan”.
Growing up, I was not only mesmerized by Hawaii, but also by people who were communication challenged. I was drawn to work with and within the deaf community.
I graduated from the California State University in Pennsylvania (CALU) with a Bachelor of Science degree majoring in Speech Pathology and Audiology. My student teaching assignment was at the Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf (WPSD).
After graduation, I was hired by WPSD to teach middle school. Shortly thereafter, I was recruited to teach multiple handicapped deaf children at the Rochester School for the Deaf in Rochester NY. While in Rochester I also taught for the National Technical Institute for the Deaf, which is part of the Rochester Institute of Technology, as a researcher and instructor. Although the work was rewarding, I was moving farther way from my dream of Hawaii.
“She Went WEST Young Man!”
I moved to the Bay Area in California for a career opportunity as a corporate trainer at Hewlett Packard. My interests in communications instilled in me the desire to ensure that members of the deaf community, that I previously educated, were gainfully employed. This passion earned me a promotion to Manager of Affirmative Action for People with Disabilities. Based on my work, 45 jobs for deaf individuals were created in the Bay area.
I developed training for supervisors and managers to help them understand the intricacies of working with disabled employees. Part of the training was a video I co-produced called Just 3 People. This video went on to win national and international awards. The video focused on hiring and accommodating the disabled community in the workplace. It was the first of its kind to bring home the point that people with disabilities are no different from everyone else.
Because of this hiring and training movement’s impact on the community, I was awarded the Santa Clara County Woman of the Year award. I was personally fulfilled by my work, but again felt that it was time to move on. After another promotion, I moved to Human Resources Management for the Instrument Products Group which included 13 product divisions and 23,000 employees.
After accomplishing great corporate success, my calling to Hawaii was getting stronger and stronger. I decided it was time to take action on my dream. After vacationing in Hawaii, it was clear to me that Maui was the island for me.
Shortly after arriving on Maui I was introduced to the intoxicating world of Real Estate Sales. For 18 years, I focused all of my passion into becoming the top producing Real Estate Sales Agent on Maui. My successes drove me to help others succeed. I moved away from sales and accepted the role of team leader for Keller Williams Realty Maui. I was able to grow the local KW company from 48 agents to 138 agents in just 18 months. I was then invited, by Keller Williams International, to become a Business Coach for franchise owners, real estate teams, and individual sales agents on a nation-wide basis.
This experience lead me to give birth to my own company, Beth Holiday’s Hawaii Business Training. Hawaii Business Training is a culmination of everything I have learned and experienced over the years. My company’s mission is simple, “Train and Coach Business Owners to Higher Levels of Achievement.”
I wake up grateful everyday because I am living my dream.