It is not always easy working with family. Family businesses are what many top reality shows are made of! For the most part we all work well together and we have found a way to make all of our different personalities mesh perfectly. Each family member has the best interest of the family and this business at heart. We care about Keleen Leathers Inc, and we care about one another. Meet the family …
My belief is that family comes first and is the most precious element of living. I have two wonderful children and three adorable grandchildren-gifts from God! Old cars are my passion, 50’s vintage are first, followed only by 60’s muscle cars! I also have a liking for a couple new slick and fast motorcycles-dangerous, but . . . I like wearing a tie when it isn’t too hot out. Jogging is my true escape and you can do it anywhere, which is good because my last meal would be pizza! Music and dancing stir my soul. My guiding belief in life is . . the power is within each of us to be happy, successful and find true peace. The challenge for each of us is to reach to this power and use it.
It is no surprise that I have been tremendously family-oriented all of my life. I come from an Italian family with many aunts, uncles, and cousins. Over the past 7 years I have experienced both joy and sadness with them. I watched my 95-year-old father suffer from Alzheimer’s disease. I pray for a cure so that other people may never experience the ravages of this awful and incurable disease.
Nevertheless, my happiness outweighs my sorrow. My 4 grandchildren have brought me so much joy and laughter. Weekend sleepovers are commonplace at my house, and there is never a dull moment. They love when I cook for them and often call me a fanatic when it comes to keeping a clean house. I am so fortunate to have the opportunity to nurture them along in life.
When it comes to Keleen Leathers, I have devoted much of my time to its growth. I find my work very fulfilling and enjoyable. After a wearisome day, a great glass of wine is wonderfully relaxing. When I feel it is time to take a real break from the business, I love to vacation on the ocean and do a little (alright…a lot) of shopping. However, over the past 38 years I have found that I could never stay away from KL. No matter how difficult some days may seem, I am grateful to work with and for the ones I love every single day.
I would call myself somewhat handy. I like to fix things. I enjoy working out and I’ll grill no matter what the weather might be. I’m always in for a quick trip to Vegas, but I love working so I really don’t like to take days off-I get bored. Sports are great-I like to play and to watch them on TV. In fact, sitting courtside at the Bulls game is something on my “to do” list. Flying in a private plane is also on that list.
My close friends and co-workers call me Kelly. I have the best, craziest life a girl could ask for. My family, a great husband, 3 kids and 5 dogs equal happiness for me. I began doing dog and cat rescue about 10 years ago, and I would call this my true passion. I think every girl should have at least one designer handbag. I love cop dramas and reality TV. Work is what you make of it, and I don’t think people focus enough on the positives in life. A famous woman once said “yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a gift-that’s why it’s called the present.” I am thankful for each and every day.