August 1, 2012

Karrie Gibson


Title and company: President and CEO, Vintage Tech Recyclers Inc.

Bio: I am a passionate business owner, wife and mother of three and am actively involved in our communities, organizations and my family. One of my personal passions has always been about finding practical ways to reuse, donate and recycle and instilling this in my family. Before I created Vintage Tech Recyclers in 2005, I was a stay-at-home mom who worked part-time and wanted to create a business in the computer industry that would allow me to have a career in my field of study, make my own schedule and help create jobs for a few of my family members at the same time.

What did you want to be growing up? A business owner of a full-service salon.

Your business philosophy in 10 words or less: Always do what you say you’re doing and do it responsibly.

What drives you every day? My family, my will to make the Earth a greener place for future generations and the daily challenges of the industry.

What advice do you have for women new to this industry? Learn as much as you can about the industry and its best practices, don’t take shortcuts, make responsible decisions, be confident, always take the ethical road and have lots of fun.

Social media: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and You Tube.

The one gadget you couldn’t live without: iPhone.

What was the last experience that made you a stronger person? During my Dale Carnegie training, I was able to gain strength where I once had a fear. I had a fear in presenting in front of large groups and experienced a great deal of stress before every large format presentation. The Dale Carnegie training really put me through some intense exercises in front of the group that helped me overcome this fear. Thanks to Mark Wilson [Dale Carnegie- coach in Chicago] and his support, I was able to find the confidence and strength within me to become a better, more energetic presenter.

What story does your family always tell about you? My family always tells the story on how I started Vintage Tech in the basement of my home when I was a stay-at-home mom.