Since 1997 she has opened 6 new shops, bought an existing business, successfully sold 2 and currently is Director of The Pantiles Bride and Go Bridal in Tunbridge Wells.
Maria is a regular contributor with articles in Bridal Buyer, has been on the Ask the Expert Panel at the London Bridal Show and often is a Judge for the prestigious Bridal Buyer Awards.
BB (Before Bridal) she spent 20 years as a professional presenter with the international training company TMI , running customer service, culture change and coaching programmes. Clients included Cunard; The Atlantis Resort, Bahamas; and, closer to home, British Airways running a course for cabin crew to deliver premium service in First and Business class.
Maria is also an NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) Master Practitioner and a certified ‘Words that Change Minds’ LAB (Language and Behaviour) Profile Consultant/Trainer.
“Maria the Mentor” (the nickname given by her first coaching client Carole 5 years ago) now wants to share her vast knowledge by offering sales training and consultancy to other bridal shop owners whether they are starting up, selling up or somewhere in between!