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Kelly has always been a driving force at Lemoyne Center for the Visual Arts, even serving as president of the board for the local arts and education center. Katie said, “For me, Kelly is a breath of fresh air. I’ve watched her work tirelessly to build and promote LeMoyne. Her love for the organization has been infectious, and kept my attention on what LeMoyne does for this community. Several of my older clients helped found LeMoyne, and as a young business owner, watching multiple generations build an organization that does so much for the community has been a powerful learning experience.”

Watching each other grow has steadily taken place in the styling chair over the years. “I think at the beginning Katie relied on her partner for a lot in relation to the business, but she was the nuts and bolts, on-the-floor leader. As the business evolved, she grew more into the business end of things. So I’ve been able to watch her knowledge, confidence and role as a community leader grow.”

Katie gives Kelly credit for a large part of this process. “Kelly has definitely inspired me as a business owner. She always comes to mind when I am thinking about business decisions, because she’s been successful and still maintained wonderful friendships and respect in the community. She has a lot of character.”

Through Kelly, Green Peridot became involved with LeMoyne right away, and employees at the company have been consistent in their support of the myriad local non-profit organizations that populate Tallahassee. Kelly says, “I’ve seen Green Peridot always aim for excellence, and it comes through in everything they’re involved in. I’ve seen them involved in Earth Day activities, a lot of environmental efforts through Aveda, and really getting involved in environmental issues and in the arts. This is a very involved and generous business in the community.”

“We talk – and laugh – about the real moments in life. We’ve built a relationship where we can be real with each other.”

Both Katie and Kelly have formed a strong admiration for one another. Kelly said, “I love Katie to death, she’s such a sweetheart and one of the most caring people that I know. Even as young as she is, she really is generous with everyone. I have a lot of respect for her.”

Katie responded, “After Kelly sits in my chair, I always have some sort of take-away or gem of something that I put into practice in my life or business. We talk – and laugh – about the real moments in life. We’ve built a relationship where we can be real with each other.”

Kelly Dozier is currently Senior Vice-President/Co-owner of Mad Dog Construction and Co-chair of the Lemoyne Chain of Parks Art Festival. Katie Wright is the Owner of Green Peridot Salon and Co-Owner of Partenza Salon and Spa in Marianna, Florida. Both Kelly and Katie have been named one of the “25 Women You Need to Know” by the Tallahassee Democrat. To learn more Mad Dog Construction, visit morethanbuildings.com.

 

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