It may have taken Peggy Mayer a while to realize that she was made for hospitality and events, but she has sure made her mark in the industry ever since.
By the time she needed to start thinking about a career, Peggy was clueless. "I had no idea what I wanted to do," she said in a recent interview.
When Bill Guertin was a college student, a professor offered him $1,000 for his t-shirt printing business.
"It was a small campus, and I had made a name for myself as the intramural sports T-shirt printing guy," Bill said. The business was run out of his dorm room, and had no competition in the small college town of Rensselaer, IN. He was about to graduate from Saint Joseph's College, and the head of the business department at the school offered him cash to buy the business outright.
Laura and Gene were married for seven years and had known each other for 27 years before that. Their love story is a plot twist: decades after they attended high school together, their friendship turned into romance. They were married in 1995.
But in 2002, Gene passed away. Suddenly, Laura was forced to trade "wife" for "widow". For a while, that label defined her — and, sadly, disabled her.
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