Meet Our Founder

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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 are taking notice. 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.  

Debbie started her working 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 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 and took a generous lay off package after 12 years as a global security manager specializing in crisis management, security operations and investigations. 

Over the last few decades, Debbie has launched, catapulted and sold several companies including Gourmet Gifts, QT Concepts and The Women's Networking Alliance.  Today, Debbie owns a gift basket drop ship company called Gift Marketing Alliance,  is a full time business coach and just recently, added the title of regional director for The Women's Networking Alliance in the state of Arizona.  

After realizing her sincere passion for helping those in the gift basket industry enjoy the same success she had, Debbie went all in.  Her strategy was simple - what does the gift basket industry need to help them be even more successful than they already are?  Resources, collaboration and personal support.  This started her journey of launching the Gift Basket Association in 2007.  Fast forward to today, and she's written over 6 books, produced a print-gone-digital magazine, hosts the National Gift Basket Convention annually and has launched over 15+ programs all designed to support her passion of helping others.  Her latest project, CURATE (Debbie's biggest hobby) is the first online marketplace for the gift basket industry and is designed to solve the common problems her and her peers have while shopping for unique gift basket supplies.  In June, she'll launch her first gift basket supply distribution company, QTERIE - short for charcuterie (Debbie's second biggest hobby). 

Debbie’s culture is one of extreme honesty and genuine support and has been recognized by her peers within Silicon Valley and the gift basket industry.  In May 2008, Debbie was recognized by the reputable Silicon Valley Business Journal in their “40 under 40” program as an up and coming innovator in Silicon Valley.  She was named a woman role model in WE Magazine and has received the Woman Entrepreneur of the Year, 2010 award through the Women's Initiative Organization. In May of 2011, she was named Woman of Influence by the Silicon Valley Business Journal.  

Debbie graduated from the UOP with a Bachelors Degree in Business Management and has over 25 years of sales, marketing and management experience.  Debbie resides in Peoria, Arizona with her husband Alex.