Short Summary Bio:
Debbie Quintana is the founder and president of The Women’s Networking Alliance, The Men’s Networking Alliance and four additional businesses. Awarded for her innovation, leadership and “mover and shaker” attitude in Silicon Valley, Debbie has made an impression on small and medium sized business owners throughout the United States and beyond. A former security professional in high tech, Debbie made the decision to create a career doing what she’s passion about: teaching others how to truly achieve their business dreams.
A striking quality of Debbie is the sheer number of facets to her career – she strives to challenge herself to the fullest extent and people have noticed. Debbie started her career in retail, working her way into management almost immediately. By the time she was 19 years old, she was the manager of a local retail store and the secretary to the President of a large electronics company. Following those two experiences, Debbie was in the electronics industry managing sales for a large territory for nearly ten years. Bored with her job and responsibilities, Debbie left the electronics industry and began her hunt for something challenging – she ended up at Cisco Systems in San Jose, California as a global security manager and after 12 years, retired in 2010.
From Cisco to Gift Baskets
Debbie’s time at Cisco afforded her many opportunities to learn how to run a business. While she specialized in crisis management, security operations and investigations, Debbie was also responsible for the marketing, education, budget, staffing and human resources aspects of a global department. Dueling her career, Debbie launched Gourmet Gifts and grew it into 6 figures by the age 35. She recently sold Gourmet Gifts to give her time to work on her other companies and start to “take it easier.”
If You Can’t Find It, Build It Yourself
After years of networking, Debbie decided that she had a better way of encouraging networking and partnership and in 2007, created The Women’s Networking Alliance. WNA went national in 2010 and now has several chapters in the United States and is launching their first chapter for the Men’s Networking Alliance.
Let the Coaching Begin
After experiencing success with her first and second businesses, Debbie began consulting for other businesses. She formalized her consulting company, QT Concepts and works with businesses to create, rejuvenate and launch their companies by focusing on the customer experience, taking the right risks and demonstrating excellence. Her customers include security companies, restaurants, authors, manufacturers, real estate companies, salons, business coaches and more. Debbie is a noted “change agent” working with companies to become more efficient and effective in all facets of their businesses. If you have an idea or need to know how to do something, Debbie is your “go to girl”.
Completely ALL IN
Debbie’s passion for be “all in” in everything she does came very true in the gift basket industry. Her desire to help others shines through a global association, a variety of training resources and franchise design agreements. She is the leader in this multi-billion dollar industry in terms of support, training, coaching and owns the only print magazine and convention for the entire industry. Debbie works with national chain grocery stores, distribution companies and high level CEO’s to help them better market their companies. She’s the owner of Gift Marketing Alliance, The National Gift Basket Convention, The Gift Basket Association and Trends and Tips Gift Basket Magazine.
Culture and Reputation is Everything
Debbie’s culture is one of extreme honesty and genuine support and she continues to be recognized by her peers within Silicon Valley and nationally with multiple awards supporting this culture.
Debbie graduated from UOP with a Bachelors Degree in Business Management, psychology and has over 25 years of sales, marketing and management experience. She’s a certified investigator, body language expert and is fluent in Spanish.
In her spare time, she enjoys wine tasting, the beach and relaxing with her husband Alex and son Travis. Debbie lives in San Jose, California and Peoria, Arizona.
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