But Beth knew several clients were pushing Mike, a former vice president at W.E. Simpson Co., to start his own company.
"All my family have always owned businesses," said Beth
...Beth, chief executive officer of administration, has made the firm high profile with her activism, serving as president of the Greater Boerne Area Chamber of Commerce and being named recently to the Alamo Workforce Development Board.Forbes magazine
and the local chapter of National Association of Women Business Owners
recently honored her
Beth's business strategy derives from her
childhood, faith as an evangelical Christian, sports background and community service. As early as age 6, Beth worked in her father's livestock business in Bryan.Beth
posted income and drafted payroll checks in her
mother run the back office while buying and renting real estate on the side
When Coyle Engineering
was launched, she
parents' example and began planning for retirement early.She created a separate real estate management company, 4C Properties, to lease the 6,200 square feet of commercial office space that houses their current office and other professional services.
They later invested in a resort property in New Braunfels.
"As a business owner, you are responsible for your own retirement," she
said."We thought way early about building residual income."
The Coyles also are ardent Christians.Beth
belongs to a Bible study group for Hill Country businesswomen.The high school sweethearts believe in respecting your spouse and your spouse's talents, she
said, so the couple divided authority into complementary roles.Beth
handles administrative duties, and Mike has final say on design decisions.
ran the company out of the couple's garage for the first four years to be faithful to their decision to stay debt-free.She
negotiated a deal to provide free services to a real estate company in exchange for office space for their first employee.
...When the company faces challenges, Beth, a former coach, will pull the key "team" leaders, as she calls managers, into a quick after-work huddle to brainstorm solutions.
built the firm's prestige further by offering her
advice on broader economic problems.For instance, as the 2005-06 chairwoman of the 1,000-member Boerne chamber, Beth
noticed that most Hill Country businesses suffered during the weekday because residents commuted en masse to San Antonio to work.So she
led a successful campaign to create a privately funded economic development corporation to bring more companies to Kendall County.
Now, taking the company into its 13th year, Beth
has decided growth can speed up.By targeting Bexar County entities for more business, she
plans to more than double to 25 employees by 2009.Coyle Engineering
has gutted and expanded a limestone house in Fair Oaks Ranchfor new offices.
Still, some things will stay the same.
"We hate debt and have never had a dime of debt," Beth