Meet our GroYourBiz Managing Directors!
Leann Hackman-Carty Managing Director, Alberta
Chair, Calgary, AB
Leann is committed to creating a better, more disaster-resilient world for families, businesses, and communities. Throughout her career, her leadership ability, entrepreneurial drive, innovative thinking and extensive network have enabled her to establish partnerships across sectors, industries, and borders; anticipate emerging and ongoing business needs; and design new ways of providing goods and services. For over a decade, she served as the Mayor of Calgary’s Executive Assistant, Community & Economic Development. Following that, she managed several political election campaigns; led key initiatives in the corporate, public and not-for-profit sector; provided business development services to the States of Mississippi and Georgia; provided leadership for the Organization of Women in International Trade; hosted numerous international trade delegations; offered a range of innovative business and economic recovery services; and worked on a number of high profile investment projects.
She currently serves as the CEO of Economic Developers Alberta and heads up HackmanCarty & Associates– with a focus on building strong, resilient businesses and communities. In December 2017, she released her “Master Your Disaster” readiness, response and recovery guides, which are readily available in paperback, Kindle, audiobook, and Spanish formats. She shares her expertise at conferences and events on a regular basis.
Marg Hachey- Managing Director, Ontario and Eastern Canada
Chair, Aurora, Mississauga, Toronto 3 & 4
Margaret Hachey was previously the owner of Duocom Canada Inc. She founded the company in Toronto in 1980 and with organic growth and acquisitions expanded coast to coast. Its success earned it recognition as one of Canada’s 50 Best Managed Private Companies, by Arthur Andersen, CIBC and the National Post two years in a row. Chatelaine and Profit magazine recognized her over a 10 year period as ranking in the top 10 of the Top 100 Women business owners in Canada. Previously, she has been on the Steering Committee of Step Ahead, and a mentor for six years with the program, helping women entrepreneurs whose businesses were in the second stage of growth. She was also Special Advisor to Youth in Motion Education Foundation a non-profit organization to help youth gain access to higher education and as a board member helped launch Top 20 under 20.A sought after keynote speaker, Margaret has addressed audiences across the country on various topics. She is a regular guest lecturer at the University of Toronto, Rotman School of Management and York University’s Schulich School of Business. As a founding member of WPO (Women Presidents Organization) in Canada, Margaret has an opportunity to network and support other women in like roles.
Monica Kreuger- Managing Director, Saskatchewan
Monica Kreuger is the founder, President and Chief Visionary Officer of Global Infobrokers Inc., a firm dedicated to education, entrepreneurship, the environment and global citizenry and all within a socially responsible framework. She and her husband/business partner Brent, along with a team of entrepreneurs, have assisted over 800 entrepreneurs launch their companies in Saskatchewan and Alberta through their post secondary institute, the Praxis School of Entrepreneurship. In 2010 they opened a representative office in China where they serve entrepreneurs who wish to establish operations in Saskatchewan. She spearheaded, designed, lobbied for, and received support from educational and private sponsors to launch Saskatchewan’s first investment based business plan competition, Venture Forward $100K Business Plan Competition, a province wide initiative to help post secondary youth launch companies. In the 5 years it ran, over 30 companies were launched. She also co-founded Praxis International Institute in the Craik eco-village, a private alternative school for young people dedicated to entrepreneurship and environmental sustainability. Monica has been very involved in the community through her volunteer board positions with several organizations including Past President of the Greater Saskatoon Chamber of Commerce where she is Co-Chair of the Going Global Committee and is currently a director on the board of the Saskatchewan Chamber and Chair of the Human Resources Committee. She has been privileged to receive numerous recognitions locally, provincially and nationally and is grateful for the opportunity to serve her community. Proud mother, grandmother and married to her life and business partner for over 38 years, Monica continues to follow her passion of helping people pursue theirs through entrepreneurship.
Maryann Nelson- Managing Director, Washington State
Chair, Seattle, WA
Maryann Nelson started her banking career in an entry level position. When she left the industry in 2009, she was Chief Executive Office and Chairman of the Board. Maryann’s journey saw her as a founding executive officer at three separate community bank start-ups. Each of these banks was focused on serving small and middle-market businesses. As a hands-on community banker, Maryann consulted with and assisted companies in myriad sectors with a wide range in sales levels, employee count, operational sophistication, and financial acumen. Coupled with her positions of CFO and COO in her own organizations, she developed a keen sense of connection between the strategy and tactics of success. Among her core competencies are finance, operations, human relations, board and shareholder communication, compliance and corporate governance. Among her passions are strategic thinking, incenting the right behaviors, and aligning values with corporate culture. Maryann’s current focus is her private consulting and mentoring practice where she tunes up companies and fine-tunes leaders. With a hero-worship admiration for business owners and executives, she helps clients from a perspective of best practices, practicality, professionalism and profits. Maryann has been active in several professional and service organizations. She currently serves as a director for Seattle Community Law Center and a Trustee for Seattle Girl’s School. In the pas she has served as an officer and board member for the Community Bankers of Washington, Soroptimist International and Bank Administration Institute. She served as a trustee for a large insurance program, and was a member of the Seattle Chapter of the Women Presidents Organization. She is a past member of the National Association of Corporate Directors and Seattle 4 Rotary. She has taught courses for the American Institute of Banking and presented at various professional conferences. Maryann is a graduate of the Honors Liberal Arts program at Seattle University and holds an MBA from the University of Washington.
Betty Wood, Chair
GroYourBiz Virtual Advisory Board International Trade
Betty Wood is Principal Consultant at W Consulting – initiatives focused on improving the success of women entrepreneurs. Betty is known for her distinguished career in supplier diversity, international development consulting, women’s business market leadership, and commercial banking. Her professional career of 32 years with RBC enabled success as a founder of the Global Banking Alliance for Women, a consultant with the IFC and World Bank, and a founding leader with WBE Canada. She has received multiple awards for her work from RBC, The International Alliance of Women (TIAW); Organization of Women in International Trade (OWIT); and the Global Business Women’s Network (USA).