August 2019

2019 Women in Business: Kathleen Mayers

Author: Special to CH2 | Photographer: Celia G. Carroll

KPM Flooring

What are the three most important lessons you have learned building your business?
Never give up; be creative in everything you do; relationships are the most important thing in life.

What is a day like in your heels?
I start off most days in Pure Barre sticky socks, switch to my heels and then end up in my running shoes :) It’s rare that two days at KPM are the same for me. Some days I am working on the flooring for a local restaurant, and the next I am designing 10 rugs for a penthouse in Florida. I love the variety of what I do and the diverse client base we have cultivated.

What has been the role of luck in your success?
I think every successful business gets there with a fair amount of luck. I am self-aware enough to know that I only have so much impact.

On those impossible days, what motivates you to keep going?
My mom used to always say, “Wash your face and get back in there.” On the tough days, I remind myself that I have worked my way through every problem in the past, and this day will prove to be the same in the end. I may need to find a new solution, but one is out there. It’s hard to have that perspective when you are in thick of things sometimes, but it has held true for me for all my years in business.

Do you have a motivational quote?
“I never lose. I either win or I learn.”

How long have you been in business?
Twelve years.

What is your balancing secret in managing a business and family?
Recognizing that no one really does it all. Some days I wear my mom hat more than my business owner hat and other days vice versa. Forgiving myself for not being perfect in either is the key.

What inspired you to start your business?
A couple I had worked for came to me and encouraged me to open my own business. Their faith in my ability to run my own business really jump-started my entrepreneurial drive.

What advice would you give your children about running a successful business?
Surround yourself with the right people and build relationships that matter.

Do you have a favorite business tool and/or resource?
Online rug-designing software.

What is your guilty pleasure?
Travel. Well maybe that is not a completely guilty pleasure, but I recognize that often others have to cover for me so I can travel, and that makes me feel guilty.

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