We had the good fortune of connecting with Elena Colquitt and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Elena, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
After graduating from college in 2007 with a business degree focused in finance I learned quickly how life could change. The crash of the stock market in 2007 created volatility that my generation had never seen. The economy for the next three years was unstable, as I result I experienced two lays off – one period lasted over nine months. These layoffs taught me to 1) change how I managed my finances, focusing on savings before debt and 2) there was no such thing as “job security”.
The lack of job security eliminated my fear of being without a job because I’d done it and knew how to survive without missing any payments and providing for myself.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
My work ethic sets me apart, I smash goals. My circle of friends and associates know that if say I’m going to do something, you can consider it done – I don’t let off the gas until I’ve arrived. My thought process is also geared to drive efficiency, I’m always looking for ways to improve things or processes.
I’m SUPER excited about my newest endeavor, I’m automating my financial consulting company in the form a software called EpocHarvest which was issued a patent from USPTO. EpocHarvest is going to change the way that the world manages finance. We have self parking cars, why not have a software that executes our budgets aligning us with our goals? This software will get individuals out of their own way, minimizing wasteful spending and preparing them for the lifestyle that they want to live…by their own rules. It’ll also change the game for business owners, no more headaches related to administrative tasks associated to finance.
I got to where I am today by setting my eyes on a vision for the life I want for myself and eliminating any distraction that didn’t align with that end goal. Along my journey, I’ve learned that business is never personal. I’ve also learned that your business reputation will make or break you along with your ability to deliever timely.
The world should know that Envoy FPA is changing lives daily for the betterment of our clients. Time is precious and delegating is important for balance. Life doesn’t have to be too complicated, call us – we’ll make it simple again!
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
This is a tough question, I haven’t had much of a life since Covid. In a pre-Covid world I loved to find new places to eat around Atlanta and visit some of my favorite places like Tom, Dick & Hanks for their hearty food. Two Urban Licks is one of my all time favorite dining experiences. Brunch is a must in Atlanta, the Breakfast Club is one of my favorite places to eat. I also enjoy hanging out at Piedmont Park as well as the Atlanta beltline. I’m also a pool kind of girl since my birthday is in the summer, I can spend all day out there.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I can say without a doubt that I would not be where I am today without the love, support and encouragement of my parents – they’ve gotten used to me jumping out of planes and building my parachute on the way down… I know they would never let me fall.
I also have to attribute my success to my mentor Alicia Anderson. She’s talked me through so many difficult business conversations and decisions. Her wealth of knowledge is invalueable to me. She was the first to expose me to the finance industry giving me an operations internship at Smith Barney Citigroup my sophmore year of college. Her guidance has definitely led me in the right direction.
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