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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
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BETH G. COYLE, CEO
BETH G. COYLE, ...
BETH G. COYLE, CEO
Beth G. Coyle
is responsible for all financial aspects of the running of the firm, as well as corporate strategy and company culture, marketing strategy, risk management and contract negotiations and personnel management.
In July 2007, Beth
was selected to be profiled by Forbes Magazine
along with six other women business owners across the State of Texas, "where women are integral to company achievements, contributing bold ideas and a sense of vision.
has been featured in publications such as the San Antonio Express News
, Construction News, SA Woman and Boerne Business Monthly
business strategies and leadership style.
Beth has spent years in leadership positions with area economic development, workforce development, professional engineering, and educational entities, as well as area chambers of commerce and even artists associations, and has worked to develop good working relationships with local decision-makers.
BETH G. COYLE, ...
BETH G. COYLE, CEO
BETH G. COYLE
is responsible for managing the business development and client management efforts of their staff of professional engineers and surveyors in the San Antonio office.
She is also highly involved in the community and volunteers her time to serve on multiple boards and committees across the State of Texas in commercial real estate, economic and workforce development.
Over her almost 20 years of being the CEO of Coyle Engineering, now Coyle-SDA, Beth has been profiled by multiple publications including Forbes Magazine, the San Antonio Express News, San Antonio Construction News, the San Antonio Business Journal, Boerne Business Monthly Magazine, and most recently in San Antonio Women Magazine and on "Critical Mass for Businesses", an online radio program about the power of peer learning.
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