Kristina Bouweiri
Business owner

Kristina Bouweiri

Owns and operates Reston Limousine, one of the D.C. area's largest limousine and shuttle services.

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Full of surprises

Q: At some point in your life, you probably decided to take a leap of faith and go in a direction -- professionally or personally -- that others did not expect. Like quit Goldman Sachs to be a goat farmer. Or leave a company job for your own venture. Was the move a success? Did the new direction turn out the way you thought it would?

After having lived around the globe with parents who were in the Foreign Service, I was fairly certain that my path would lead to a related career. Never would I have predicted (and I can speak for my friends and family too!) that I'd marry a Lebanese man and eventually become the president and CEO of the transportation company he founded.

While marrying William certainly seemed the right step for me to take in my life, the real leap of faith came when he asked me to take over the management of his company. I soon found myself operating and growing Reston Limousine and Travel Service as a woman entrepreneur in a traditionally male-dominated industry. A true challenge, to state the situation mildly.

Determined to succeed, I learned and found on-the-job training waiting with each new day at the office. All the while, I kept an eye on turning my obstacles into opportunities. I'm light years away from the International Affairs major who once thought she'd be a Foreign Service officer, and I know I made the right choice!

By Kristina Bouweiri  |  August 2, 2010; 4:41 PM ET  | Category:  Going for it Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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