Based in Fort Myers, Florida, and with a background in management and operations, Colette Kemp is an exceptional leader who has a proven track record of success. Throughout her career, she has held various roles in which she has gained a deep knowledge of both team members and business operations.
From the very beginning of her career, she has been a people person focused on her goals and a goal-oriented administrator. These characteristics and her ability to inspire and motivate her team members have made her an exceptional leader.
Currently, she is the founder and director of Kemp Funeral Group, a company that provides comprehensive solutions to the funeral industry’s most challenging issues. Colette has been able to demonstrate her passion for professional leadership. She has committed herself to be the best example of professionalism. With a team of experts, she has created customized proposals that are ideal for each client’s needs. Throughout acquiring a business, Kemp Funeral Group takes the necessary steps to ensure that the owner’s wishes are kept private.
Before establishing Kemp Funeral Group, she was a leader who had the opportunity to work with some of the most prominent organizations in the industry. She gained experience in this field through her role as a co-founder of Kemplon Engineering. After relocating to the US from England, she pursued her entrepreneurial dreams. Kemplon Engineering is a leading marine engineering firm that provides ship repair services to its clients, such as Captains and Engineers. Under her leadership, the company has grown and developed its operations. In addition to managing its various departments, she also oversees the company’s vendor management and financial operations.
Her ability to inspire and motivate her team members has contributed to the company’s success. According to her team members, she has developed a unique management style that is both effective and inspiring.
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Our Interview with Colette Kemp
Question: What’s the most important thing we should know about you?
Colette Kemp: I have been very lucky to find work I love and I enjoy looking at things from a different perspective in business to see what can be done differently or more efficiently.
Question: Name the most impactful lesson you learned from failure.
Colette Kemp: Do not have your sales concentrated too much on one client.
Question: What accomplishment are you most proud of?
Colette Kemp: Building my first business from scratch. It was very rewarding and incredibly hard work.
Question: Name a tool you use for work that you can’t live without.
Colette Kemp: Hubspot. Helps to organize contacts and potential clients with notes and reminders.
Question: What is your favorite hobby and why?
Colette Kemp: Exercising my dogs on my farm. They are all rescues and spending time with them outdoors is one of my favorite things to do. It’s good for the soul to see them happy and keep in shape.
Question: What excited you the most about your industry right now?
Colette Kemp: There are so many women now entering the funeral profession. I think this is very exciting and I’m looking forward to being a part of working alongside them.
Question: What concerns you most about your industry right now?
Colette Kemp: The resistance to change, I see it when I speak with business owners. We need to keep an open mind and be open to new ideas on how to better serve families. Whether that’s using technology or offering unique services that have not previously been available.
Question: What’s the greatest risk you’ve ever taken?
Colette Kemp: Leaving my business to start Kemp Funeral Group.
Question: Name one small habit that positively impacts your productivity.
Colette Kemp: Daily learning, whether it is reading or listening to a podcast.
Question: What tips do you have for getting a seat at the table?
Colette Kemp: Develop skills and then study and continually improve those skills. Remember it’s not all about you, how can I serve the other person or people.
Question: What book has made the biggest impact on your life?
Colette Kemp: Jack Welch – Straight from the Gut. This is where I realized that you could grow a business by buying other businesses.
Question: Do you value intelligence or common sense more? Why?
Colette Kemp: I like street smarts, there’s a lot to be said for that.
Question: What would you consider to be the perfect day?
Colette Kemp: The perfect day would be today. I am alive, healthy, and enjoying the day as it unfolds.