Rizik’s Brand Ambassador Elaine Kennedy

Rizik’s Brand Ambassadors Elaine Kennedy (left) and Kama Godek (right) with retired owner/manager Maxine Rizik Tanous (center).

Elaine shares her thoughts with us.

I’ve always been drawn to Italian designers and love the look of Dolce and Gabbana.  For every day clothes, I like Derek Lam.

 Books on Elaine’s Nightstand

1. Blue Ocean Strategy
2. Labyrinth of the Spirits by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
3. How to See Yourself as You Truly Are By the Dalai Lama

 What motivates you?
I love the consulting world because I’m always learning about new industries and new business models.  I like working with people who think differently than I do because there’s always so much to learn from them.

What does your ideal Sunday morning look like?
  I like to start the day with a good walk outside and then come home to a nice cup of coffee and the paper.  We’re a big game-playing family too so there’s a good chance we’ll be playing cards.   

What actor did you have a crush on growing up?
In high school, I was in love with Billy idol. Early 20s, Luke Perry in Beverly Hills 90201.  

What is your favorite thing about yourself?

What does your perfect “day off” look like?
I work from home a lot so on my day off, I like to be out of the house, away from my office and the kitchen.  I love to listen to live music or go to sporting event – just something different and I don’t mind crowds.

If there are two types of people in this world – those who like Neil Diamond and those who don’t – where do you fall?
I listened to Neil Diamond all through college (along with a lot of rap and alternative music so go figure).   My friend and I saw him in concert in our 20s. We were about 40 years younger than the average concert goer.  

What were some highlights of your career starting out? 
I remember closing my first big order as a salesperson for GE  – I remember the order coming over the fax and feeling very proud. Also had the opportunity to travel to Japan and work with Sony when I was doing business development for software company – really interesting to see business conducted in a very different culture. 

What was the best concert you’ve seen?
Red Hot Chilli Peppers during the By The Waytour.  And Oasis.  

What vineyard produces your favorite bottle of wine?
I like wines by Silas Winery but honestly, I’m more of a cocktail gal.

What is the best advice anyone has ever given you?
I was always told as a child to believe in myself and that I could do anything.  I believed it and rarely shied away from a challenge.

What were some challenges you needed to overcome?
Being a young woman selling big industrial equipment to mostly men in manufacturing environments had its challenges. But over time, I developed great relationships with my clients. 


To find out more about Elaine, read her introduction article and visit her website.