Overcoming Mediocrity - Volume IIISTRONG WOMEN - These stories are meant to inspire and encourage women to realize their true potential.
Michele graduated from SIU-Carbondale with degrees in Electronic Technology and Business and has been the owner of Rapid Rentals & Sales, a forklift company, for over twenty years.
Michele has worked with people ranging from mechanics to small business owners to large companies and manufacturers around the world. In addition to working with English and German companies, she started the sideloader divisions of Fantuzzi USA (Italy) and Taylor Machine Works (Mississippi) and was one of the first Combilift (Ireland) dealers for the United States. Her company sold the largest reach stacker in the world. She has sold to many military installations in the United States, throughout North America, Hawaii, Puerto Rico and Albania.
In her travels throughout North America and Europe, Michele has met many wonderful people and has always tried to be nice, fair and just to everyone including family, friends, acquaintances, passers-by, children and animals.
She is lucky to have a daughter and grandson as well as 3 children and 6 grandchildren on her partners’ side. She also has a rescued dog, rescued cat, rescued turtle and fish.
Michele does volunteer work with children through coaching sports and teaching Sunday School. She considers herself blessed by the life she has had, her family and the people that she has met.
After a couple of rough years: divorce, company problems, raising a baby (grandson) and not raising her grandson; Michele has found a new lease on life while reading The Secret by Rhonda Byrne which promotes self-confidence and faith. Michele is currently getting back to work on her company and using volunteer work with children to find herself. She declared 2014 the Year of Renewed Aspirations, Hope, Faith and New Paths.