In The Spotlight
Meet Kristi Mooti Persad, B.S.C. ’11, M.B.A. ’14:
Co-Founder and Managing Director, Premium Quality Group of Companies.
Kristi launched Premium Quality Group of Companies (PQGC) together with her brother and business partner in October 2014. PQGC is a full-service event company where she has held the position of Managing Director since inception. She made her first business acquisition in 2015 with the asset purchase of party rental company Tio Fiesta Events, followed by the acquisition of linens manufacturer, wholesaler, and retailer Linens Design Inc. in 2016. A few months later in January 2017, another acquisition followed when PQGC took ownership of all-inclusive event venue La Vie en Rose Banquet Hall. PQGC launched a photography and videography company Captivate Productions later in 2017. In June 2020, Kristi merged all existing brands together as Premium Quality Events, a full service, one-stop shop for all your event needs. She also sits on the advisory board for her family’s company, Premium Quality Meats, located in Trinidad and Miramar, FL.
Kristi holds both a Bachelors of Science in Communication and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Miami. She is also a Six Sigma Champion and a member of Omicron Delta Kappa, the national leadership honor society. During her studies she won several awards including the Dr. William R. Butler Special Recognition Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Principles of International Educational Exchange, The Dean’s Leadership Award, Emery Means Findley Jr. Endowed Fellowship and was inducted into the Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges. She is currently a volunteer leader at the University of Miami’s Young Alumni Leaders Council and sits on its executive committee as programming co-chair.
Meet Mrs. Rhonda Sheffiled:
Rhonda Sheffield is the owner of Good Hearts Home Care Agency in Miramar Florida. Good Hearts Home Care is a Non-Skilled Home Care Agency founded to serve and meet the needs of the community with Personal Care, Companion/Sitter, Homemaker service, and Post-operative care. Motto: “Good Hearts with Caring Hands”. Her desire is to make a positive impact in the lives of people. As a business owner, Rhonda is always focusing on positive ways to improve the community through outreach and giving back to those who are less fortunate.
Rhonda is Board Certified Life Coach, Speaker, Published Author, Mentor, Marriage Counselor, and a Phenomenal Entertainment Host. Her purpose is to equip, inspire, motivate, encourage and empower individuals to a place where they are able to understand their purpose, gifts, and self-worth.
She is the CEO/Founder of Treasure of Love Mentoring Inc. and the Co-Founder of Marriage DO Matter Inc. Treasure of Love mission is to empower young ladies to become Self-Confident in all areas of their lives while developing into “The Total Woman. Rhonda is the co-founder of Marriage ‘DO” Matter with her husband Darrell Sheffield. The purpose of Marriage “DO” Matter is to provide biblical, realistic and transparent perspectives to marriages while providing workshops, individual counseling, couple counseling, and biblical studies to empower and strengthen them spiritually.
Rhonda is also the Co-Author of the 31 Devotional Journal for Marriages. The book was inspired and written to encourage and prepare couples and singles, how to build and strengthen their relationship with God and with each other. She's also Co-Author of Cream Colored Sisters as she shares her story When Betrayal Leads To Your Blessing. Rhonda is also the author of Forever Daddy’s Girl: Treasuring His Love & Memories. The book was inspired after the passing of her father. The book helps to encourage young learners and adults to grieve the death of a loved one by treasuring the memories that were created. Rhonda Sheffield is a Serial Entrepreneur and always tells people "Do what you love and love what you do and PUSH forward."
Meet Patty Garcia:
Patricia currently works in R&D systems Group, Inc. as President since 2004. R&D is a minority-owned Family (IT) information technology Solutions Company located in Miramar, FL. Specializing in telecommunications providing businesses basic telephone communications to full IT services. In 2021, she also became President of the Miramar Pembroke Pines Regional Chamber of Commerce and Weston FL chamber of Commerce as an integral part of her community. Her latest accomplishment is graduating from Leadership South Broward and becoming a Project Management Professional (PMP)
Patricia holds a Bachelor in MIS/Ecommerce from Barry University where she studied Management Information Systems with a concentration in E-commerce. Patricia is affiliated with a variety of IT professional organizations including Mainline Information Systems, the top 2 business partners in the U.S, and others.
Meet Ms. Garrie J. Harris:
Did you know?
- In 1972, women only owned 4.6% of all businesses in the United States. As of 2019, women-owned 42% of all businesses.*
- 99.9% of women-owned businesses are small businesses (500 employees or fewer).†
- Women-owned businesses grew 21% from 2014 to 2019, and businesses owned by women of color grew at double that rate. Numbers for black women entrepreneurs grew the fastest, with an increase of 50%. In fact, as of 2019, women of color accounted for 50% of all women who owned businesses.*
- There are nearly 13 million women-owned businesses in the United States, employing 9.4 million workers and generating revenue of $1.9 trillion.*
You can read more about these facts and a host of information in The National Women’s Business Council 2020 Annual Report and The 2019 State of Women-Owned Businesses Report, which is published by American Express. Definitely worth a full read.
Resources for women-owned businesses
There are some helpful groups supporting and promoting women entrepreneurs:
- WomenAndMinorityBusiness.org, a link to applicable crowdfunding platforms
Celebrating Women in Business
Additionally, if you’re looking for other ways to celebrate National Women’s Small Business Month, October is a great time to network. Make a special effort to connect with women in your field and build meaningful connections. For women, utilizing established local business groups can help women in various fields find like-minded peers.
Larger organizations like the National Association of Women Business Owners, Women’s Business Enterprise National Council, National Association for Female Executives, American Business Women’s Association, and National Women’s Business Council all host events and help connect women with similar business interests.
* According to American Express State of Women-Owned Business Report
† According to U.S. Small Business Association Office of Advocacy