Family Notary is a small Notary Public business that I started to be able to help people with their Notary Public needs. To be able to help them in a way that they will feel that they are not just a number, but a person with individual needs. But to do it in a way that is "FAST", so that they are not standing at a counter all day; "FRIENDLY", that you offer a smile and understand what they may be going through; and finally "SERVICE", to be able to provide the knowledge and service that my customers need.
Now a little bit about me. I was born in New Orleans and raised in St. Bernard Parish. I have been working in an office environment since the age of 16 as a senior in high school. After high school, I got married and moved to Slidell. Working my way up in a small independent finance company as a cashier at the front counter collecting payments, to loan officer making loans and calling customers, assistant manager and then becoming the first woman manager of that company. While at that company, still wanting to learn and do more, I became a Notary Public in 1995. It let me do more in my capacity as manager. Once I reached that ceiling as manager, and still wanting to do more, I left that company after 24 years to help a friend start a mortgage loan company. I became a loan originator for a couple of years, which added to my resume of document preparation and understanding real estate loans. The timing of that move, however, was unfortunate as that was during the home mortgage crisis, and the company couldn't survive. My next job was at a local Notary Public/Public tag office, and it was one of the best jobs I ever had. My five years there were terriffic. I finally found what I wanted to do. It's such a great way to help people. But after 33 years working for someone else, I still wanted to try and do it as a business owner. And now I finally feel like I'm home.
Family Notary is named as a tribute to my family. My husband Dave who helped me and is still helping me at the office even after working at his own job as an electrician. My two sons Eric and Gary, who support me in my decision to become a business owner at the age of 49. My mother Gail, who is my assistant without a salary at the moment. I could not have done this without the love and support of each and every one of them.
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