When my father passed away, he left my brothers and me a hefty fortune. We could have easily lived off of the amount we had inherited for several generations. But, our father had instilled in us a desire for success. And money did not mean success to us. It was what we accomplished that mattered. The three of us are doctors. I am an orthopedic surgeon, my brother, Jeremy, is a plastic surgeon and my brother, James, is a cardiothoracic surgeon. We worked at the Northwest Hospital & Medical Center together.
By December 2014, it had been two years since our father had passed away. And I didn’t feel fulfilled with the work I was doing. I decided that I wanted to venture off into something else. My brothers felt the same way, but our love for surgery remained. So, we decided to open up a practice of our own and we named it after our father. We also decided we needed a change of scenery, so we moved to New York because that’s where our father grew up before moving to Washington with our mother.
Once we had settled in, we needed to find our supplies. We contacted Marina Medical for all our tools and my brother, Jeremy, had connections in New York to get us into hospital ORs for when we needed them. We then had to wait for our practice to be designed and dressed up. We added two more surgeons onto our team because we wanted to also have a general surgeon on board as well as a neurosurgeon. We then hired our team of nurses and a front desk person to keep our records organized. Once we had everything together, it was just a matter of getting the word out which we hired an agency to handle. They set up everything from our online presence to our advertising in New York.
A year on, we are doing quite well. We are going to be buying the office next door to extend our practice because we are hiring two more surgeons and we need more space for the doctor’s offices and the nurses’ room. Father would definitely be proud.
In the summer of 2015, my husband and I decided to take a road trip from Florida to Nevada. We wanted to go to Las Vegas for a two-week getaway. He is an accountant for US Foods, and I am a vet at Banfield. Neither of us have taken a holiday since 2008. We had been saving up our money to buy a house. We finally managed to save up enough to make a down payment on a house in 2014. We have been living in the house ever since, but we decided we finally deserved a vacation.
We rented a car to drive to Nevada and we were going to fly back first class. We are both Cirque du Soleil fanatics, so we bought tickets to see several of the shows that were Vegas exclusives. We booked a hotel for just three nights because we were going to be spending most of our time driving through and sight seeing along the way. We also decided to drive because neither of us had ever traveled across the US by going on a road trip. We figured this would be our chance to see different places in the US.
Once we had finished up our travels, we were flying back in our fabulous first class seats. My husband, Jon, wasn’t feeling too well on our first flight. When we landed in Atlanta, we were running to catch our flight and we collapsed. I yelled for someone to help him and for someone to call 911. There was a nurse who was just on the same flight as us and she stopped to help us. He stayed with us until the paramedics came. My husband had suffered a heart attack and he needed to have major surgery. Primestar Life came to our rescue. Our health insurance covered only so much of the hospital bill. The Living Benefits that Primestar Life’s life insurance comes with allowed us to get access to money that we desperately needed. We were able to cover the bill from the hospital and avoid bankruptcy.
As children, my brothers and I played around the boating docks. We loved the area and our father owned and rented out several boats to customers in Fort Lauderdale who were looking to rend out a boat or yacht. We got to inspect the boats with Dad and he would tell us about the importance of safety and maintenance. The best part was when we got to take the boats onto the water to test them out. Dad would always test out a boat before buying one. He figured if he bought one and rented them out frequently, he would be making a profit.
When we were teenagers, we all worked at the dock. My brother, Sam, went into engineering because he worked on the engines. He loved everything about it and my father sent him off to college when he was done with high school. My sister, Sarah, was at the front helping customers out and answering their questions or concerns. Sarah would go on to be a hotel manager after graduating from Les Roches International School of Hotel Management. I was in charge of making sure everyone was working and because I was good with numbers, I got to be the bookkeeper alongside my Dad. I got the opportunity to attend college and study business management as well as accounting.
I came back to help my father with the business. I was in charge of everything now that he was older and didn’t have the same energy. In order to keep the place up, I hired US Hoists to handle the maintenance and repair of the boats and yachts. Since Sam had gone, we didn’t have a steady and reliable engineer. So, I had to make sure everything was kept in order.
I started writing from the ripe age of seven. It started off with stories that I would come up with and act out with my toys. I decided to write them down because I didn’t want to forget them. They soon became continuations of one another like a TV series that I had created for myself. But, my mom wanted me to get out of the house during the summer. So, I had to put my “TV series” on hold for the summer and be a part of a new adventure with the Boy Scouts of America.
By the age of 12, I was writing poetry. The poems started off as love poems because I was inspired by the poem at the end of the movie “10 Things I Hate About You.” And from there, I fell in love with Shakespeare. So, I started trying my hand at sonnets. When a poetry competition opened up at school, I jumped at the chance to show my work. I didn’t even make it into the top five spots. And as disheartening as that was, I continued to write for my own personal enjoyment.
When I went off to college, I studied English with a creative writing focus at Stanford. I had a fondness for the English language and words just came naturally to me. I decided to go into English because I wanted to learn about the intricacies of writing. I wanted to be around people that were into dissecting and discussing themes, ideas and plots. I graduated with honors and from there, I went onto becoming an English teacher in Daegu, South Korea. I spent three years there before finding my way back to the US. I had sold my first book and I was set for a tour throughout the US.
The publishers decided to change my life forever when they bought the rights to my books. I had written the first book of a trilogy. And they were already in the process of finding a buyer for the film rights. So, I decided to take the money and invest in a property in Miami. I searched miamibrasilrealty.com.br with the help of my Brazilian partner, whom I met while in South Korea, and we found the perfect place to call our home. We still decided to travel abroad to teach because we wanted to get more cultural experience on a different continent. We headed off to Spain and I worked on my books on my spare time. My brother, in the meanwhile, took care of the apartment we purchased and watched over our two cats.
My father always wanted me to venture into engineering because he was a petroleum engineer and the owner of a large company. I was born and raised in Dubai, and I lived a comfortable life thanks to my father’s business. My father sent me to a private school in Dubai until I was about 13 years old and then he decided I needed an eye-opening experience. So, he sent me to boarding school in a London for two years to better my English. I loved my time in London. A little too much, I’d say. I also was in my rebellious phase at that point in time, which is why my father decided it would be best to ship me off elsewhere.
I went to a boarding school in Brussels next. My father wanted me to learn more languages on top of the Arabic, French and English that I had already learned. He figured Dutch and German would be next on the list and that I should have a different life experience. It was troubling because I thought my father just didn’t like me because we could never agree on anything. My mother didn’t get a say in my education and my older brother was sent to separate boarding schools as well and my three younger siblings hadn’t been shipped off just yet. I felt like we were just pawns for my father, but I didn’t know what the reason was. Maybe he just didn’t want to deal with us?
After graduating, my father decided that I should go to the Canada and get my bachelor’s degree there. I went into business management before graduating with honors. Once I was done with my bachelor’s, I was hoping to be able to finally settle down somewhere. But, no. I was off to the US to get my master’s degree in international business. A year into completing my degree, my father decided that he I was to settle in Miami. He told me to pick an apartment and settle in. To spite him for the years of shipping off I had to endure, I picked the most luxurious apartments I could find on miamibrasilrealty.com. I threw in an ocean view for my own convenience. And he bought me the first one I picked out. I was surprised. My mother told me that this was his way of saying he was proud of me. I had traveled around the world, become a man and I was on my way to becoming a top international businessman.
When I was a boy, my father didn’t like us having too many sweets. He was a dentist and he would always tell us that sweets would rot our teeth. He especially didn’t like us drinking soda pop. He didn’t stop us from drinking them, but he would often scold or warn us of the dangers. But, how could anyone resist a cold can of Coca-Cola on a warm Montgomery, Alabama day?
When I went to school, I would always ask my friend George to bring some sweets with him. I would give him part of my allowance and on the weekends so he would bring me candies. He gladly bought them for me because Father refused to take us to the candy store. Mother obeyed his orders, so Jamie, my brother, and I had to resort to other means of getting our fix. Thankfully, I could get my soda pop dose at school because we had vending machines on campus. I’m sure Father knew we were getting candy one way or another because he would routinely clean our teeth. He would look over the glasses that sat on the tip of his nose with a distinctly disappointed look on his face, shake his head slowly, huff and go back to cleaning.
Many years later, Father passed away and left both Jamie and me inheritances. I took my half, and to what I imagine would have been Father’s dismay, and invested in a soda pop shop in Texas. With that investment the company was able to machines from OKL Can Line, Inc. to make cans instead of bottles. Today, the company is flourishing and I have been making a good living off of the drink my father detested most. But, I like to think he would be proud of me for making a smart business move.
I learned how to sew at the age of 12 because a lot of the clothes we bought were from thrift stores and sometimes the clothes didn’t fit me right. So, I had to learn to alter the clothing because I would get made fun of for wearing old clothes or clothes that didn’t fit. I started looking through fashion magazines like Vogue and Elle to get ideas once I was better at sewing. I started changing the designs of the clothes I would buy. I would save up my money from the paper delivery I did in the neighborhood and buy the magazines. For my birthday, I would always ask for just plain fabric so that I could make myself some clothes.
I started designing when I was about 14. I started drawing my models out by tracing models from the magazines at first before learning how to do it on my own. I would also make use of the library computers to learn new techniques on my free time. I watched videos online, and I would be fascinated with the way people manipulated fabric. I started working in a fabric store when I was 15 after school and I collected all the money I had to save up to go to my dream school, Parsons, in New York. On the weekends, I worked at a restaurant as a busboy.
By the time I graduated from high school, I had collected about $10,000. I decided that I was going to stay home for a couple years to save up more money before I headed off to New York. My grandmother passed away that year and she left her home to my family. My family sold it and used part of the payment they received to make my dreams come true. I applied to Parsons and I got in with scholarships. I also got a job as a Resident Assistant so I could live on campus.
After graduating, I decided to move back home and start my career. I hired A Graphic Advantage to create my website and use the logo I designed for my creations. I also my service to create custom gowns for weddings or events. And the business took off pretty quickly because my family knew a lot of people in the area. They helped spread the word because they were so proud of me and I actually began working for a local magazine to help support my own business.
When I met my fiancée, we were both working at a Starbucks in Wisconsin. We both had a passion for coffee. I liked the coffee designs and creating new flavored drinks and he was the coffee bean and roasting expert. We would go out on the weekends to different cafes to taste the various types of coffee and enjoy some time by each other’s side while reading or writing. We enjoyed just spending time in each other’s company, even if weren’t speaking to one another. We shared open space and we believed in allowing the other person to do what they want to do without interruption. If he was playing video games, I would go out with my friends and catch up with them. If I had a girl’s night in, he would go out to a bar with the boys.
We moved in with each other about a year after meeting each other at the dorms. We were both studying at the University of Wisconsin. He studied Economics, and I studied English. I wanted to be a teacher and he wanted to open his own coffee shop. He graduated two years before I did and decided to open up a coffee shop of his own. He was on a full scholarship, so the money he made on the side he saved.
We found a cute little store that was almost like a cabin on the inside. We used our own personal book collections as décor for booklovers. We wanted to build a little coffee and book sanctuary. We had Wi-Fi installed because it was unheard of in today’s world to go to a café that didn’t have internet service. I would bake the goods during the early mornings and then head off to my classes by the early afternoon. But, the one thing neither of us could handle was the landscaping. So, we called Green Thumb Landscaping & Excavating to create an atmosphere outside that matched our café idea. They were amazing. They created a beautiful landscape for people to look onto whether they decided to sit inside or outside of the café. We had a lush garden that you could sit on benches or just walk around.
My first experience with door-to-door sales came when a man stopped out our home and offered to sell my mother 18 pieces of Tupperware for the price of $19.99. I remember watching my mother gush over the words that spilled out of the salesman’s mouth. She paid the $19.99 and purchases her first set of Tupperware.
A few weeks later, I had the brilliant idea of doing the same thing that man did with the kids at my school. I bought candy that wasn’t available at the school like KitKat and gummy cola bottles and I would sell it for 50 cents to a dollar more than what I had paid for it. I told my father about this and he told me that I made a smart business move by offering a product in an environment where there was a deficit of candy. “But, you don’t want to be swindling people,” he told me. And that resonated with me.
Years later, I came to be the owner of my own pharmaceutical company. I hired several door-to-door salesmen to use the exact approach the Tupperware salesman used on my mother with doctors. As more and more of them sold, we branched out to various locations across the United States. So, I had to find a way to send large amounts cross country. I finally found a means of getting barrels full of medication to our various locations with the help of Youngstown Barrel & Drum Co. Their affordable plastic drums came in handy for the bulk transport of tablets and pills. The rigid design helped minimize the risk of the medication getting crushed or destroyed.
Because of that investment, my company was able to grow even more to reach more locations across the United States to help bring better medication to patients. Sure, I make money off of it, but after what my Dad told me I knew I had to play my role as part of humanity to help people in need.
Hello world! My name is Kathy Hatter and I want to welcome you to my website. To give you a little background about myself, I started horse riding when I was 7 years old. My family owned a farm in Kentucky and I took to the horse and saddle like I did my milk bottle. It just felt natural. I felt connected to my horse. Her name was PrimRose. She and I were joined at the hip. I couldn’t move an inch without her trailing by my side. I entered my first competition with PrimRose at the age of 9 where we came in second in the competition. I continued to train with her because I knew Prim was not a runner up.
A year later we won three major competitions. Prim was in fine form. But to my heart’s dismay, 2 years and 4 more titles later, Prim could no longer compete because she broke her leg in two different places. I nursed her back to health and didn’t ride again until I was 15. I was given the opportunity to ride on a boy this time around. Prim was always going to be my best friend, but my desire to ride again pushed away any guilt I felt for riding another horse. It was a breath of fresh air to get back on a horse.
Several years later, I went off to college and I studied to be a vet. Nursing Prim back to health was one of the most fulfilling moments of my teenage life and I wanted to push on with that passion. I got my biology degree in four years’ time and I spent my summers volunteering at shelters close to the farm. I joined a veterinary school and spent four more years there before getting a job offer to work at a veterinary facility in Kentucky. I spent 20 years at the facility before deciding to go back to the farm my parents owned.
My father passed away just last year and my mother passed away three years prior. I decided that after 20 years it was time for a change. I bought a few horses and decided to open a lodge on the farm. I turned my family home into a bed & breakfast. I wanted to give people the opportunity to feel the thrill I felt when I got on Prim for the first time. So, I invite you to Pembrokeshire Riding Holidays for your first adventure as an equestrian.
Kathy started off as a competitive equestrian as a teenager before deciding that she wanted to be a vet. Her passion was in caring for animals. After retiring from being vet 20 years on, Kathy turned her family farm into a bed & breakfast where equestrianism can be celebrated.