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Beth Coyle, CEO, Coyle ...
Beth Coyle, CEO, Coyle SDA
At the age of 6, when most little girls want to spend their days jumping rope, Beth Coyle
was happily learning the ropes of her
family's cattle auction business in Bryan.
Little did she
know at the time that she
was developing all of the necessary skills to become a highly successful and well-respected businesswoman in her
husband, Mike, are the founders of Coyle Engineering Inc.
, a company they began in 1995 and recently sold to Spalding DeDecker Associates Inc.
In addition to staying on with the company and continuing to serve as CEO, Coyle
husband also own and operate a property management company, and she
is the sole proprietor of her
own photography business.
It's a very full plate for this former head coach and yearbook advisor at San Antonio Christian School
, who would go on to be profiled in Forbes Magazine
, who cut her
teeth in business, makes it all look easy.
"I learned a lot of business principles while working in my family's business from the age of 6 until I was 17," says Coyle
, who holds a BA in communications from Texas A&M University.
One of the things she
learned was how to be taken seriously as a woman in a male-dominated industry.
mother set the tone, having what Coyle
describes as the attitude of a "kindly nurse dealing with a mental patient.
, who admits that it was difficult for her
in the beginning, tried to take that same approach.
recalls how, nearly 20 years ago, she
fair share of "honey," "sweetie" and "darlin'" from the men in the field.
"You can't get offended or riled up," she
"You just have to get cheerfully firm with them.
It only has to happen one time, and they realize that they can't take advantage of you because you are a woman.
Another valuable lesson that Coyle
learned at the knees of her
parents was how to live and work together.
mother and father create harmony by taking on separate roles within the business.
That is something that Coyle
husband have emulated.
"There has to be a division of labor, and there has to be respect," she
That meant that she
left the engineering and technical roles to her
husband, while she
took care of the financial, business and marketing aspects.
"It's really all just started because the engineering company needed more space," laughs Coyle
, adding that they could not have grown into this second venture without the help of a very strong support team consisting of a CPA, a business adviser and a corporate attorney, to name a few.
"Anyone even thinking about starting their own business must have a good team in place.
You really can't do it alone," she
In between juggling the responsibilities associated with owning and operating two companies, Coyle
found the time to devote to what she
true passion: photography.
Photography began in 1997 with Coyle shooting family portraits.
But like the other businesses, it has evolved over the years and now consists of fine art photos as well as corporate and architectural commissions.
Coyle is a member of the Boerne Professional Artists, and her work is featured in the Daily Grind Coffee Shop on Main Street.
"My favorite is the fine art photography," says Coyle
, whose office features some of her
work from her
travels in Italy.
"I like to capture slices of life from all over the world and bring it back to show people how others live."
Both the property management company and the photography business are what Coyle
husband have only three more years left in the terms of the contract with SDA
before they are free to "retire.
Of course, retirement to this driven businesswoman doesn't mean the same thing as it does to most people.
In addition to traveling, attending Spurs and Aggies games, tending to the family's home with its 31-acres of wildlife management and serving on numerous boards and committees, Coyle
will focus her
attention on the other two businesses once retired.
"Another important lesson I learned from my parents is that every business has an end," she
Effective January 1, 2015, Beth G. ...
Effective January 1, 2015, Beth G. Coyle, formerly of Coyle Engineering, joined forces with Don Maranca, The Alternative... Read More >>
Success of the Small Business | San Antonio Woman Magazine
Beth Coyle, chief executive officer of Coyle Engineering Inc., sees partnering as a strategic move to explore new opportunities, grow her business and build upon her 18-member team.
"Big engineering firms have cut or are cutting their staff 50 percent to 75 percent," Coyle
"It is important to surround yourself with people who know business, listen to them, ask and answer questions and stay ahead of the trends," Coyle
"The companies that weather a storm like this are the ones who look for a silver lining," Coyle
BETH G. COYLE, CEO
BETH G. COYLE, CEO
BETH G. COYLE, CEO