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Tamela Rich

Location: NC US
Website: http://bit.ly/cds26


Early Career

I literally grew up in financial services -- filing for my father's insurance agency in grade school. After undergrad, I spent a decade in sales management and business development roles with financial services firms including Allstate Insurance (where I established my own agency), The Hartford, and First Union (now Wachovia-Wells Fargo).

I enjoyed a diverse freelance career when my children were preschoolers, as a stringer for The Charlotte Observer, a commentator for local NPR affiliate WFAE, and as a producer of PBS affiliate's Carolina Business Review.

Gaining Momentum

I went to business school at Duke in my late 30's where my teammates always turned to me for the final writeup on hundreds of cases involving finance, operations, marketing, accounting and management/leadership. The seeds of my business writing career were planted there.

After B-school I went the entrepreneurial/small business route including a stint on the pre-IPO management team of LendingTree; a privately held software and consulting firm; and my own industrial/environmental cleaning company.

I raised capital, forged business partnerships, filed a trademark, priced products and services, sued deadbeats, and led a company through an orderly shut down. Small business owners and professionals in private practice, I've felt your pleasures and your pains.

Full Circle

In a moment of mid-life clarity I decided to harvest my rich business background and combine it with my love for language as a business ghostwriter, emphasizing whole-brain communications. My clients tell me "You say it for me better than I could say it for myself," and "You make me sound like me, only better."

I write long form in articles for Charlotte Magazine and blog a couple of times a week including writing prompts for professionals at .