HISTORIC TRIANGLE — “Ten Questions with” is a series that allows readers to get to know local business leaders, volunteers and community members in the Historic Triangle.
This week, meet Rebecca Scheetz.
What is your job title and description?
I am a Certified Director of Operations and owner of The 25th Hour. I partner with impact-driven entrepreneurs as they reimagine their time, realign their business activities with their values and goals, and grow their businesses. As a strategic partner and operations expert, I provide strategic mapping, operations optimization, and project & team leadership. I consult with businesses on an hourly or project basis and also work with retainer-based clients.
Who do you interact/work with on a regular basis?
I regularly interact with entrepreneurs, business owners, and leaders particularly those in service-based industries. I serve as a trusted thought partner to help them achieve their professional and personal goals by optimizing their operations, refining their strategies, and nurturing a growth mindset.
How do you/your organization interact with the local community?
Service to others is one of my values, so now that my kids are older, I’m able to devote more time to volunteering. I was in the 2017 class of LEAD Greater Williamsburg and just rolled off LEAD’s board of directors as the Curriculum chair. I’m a member of The Rotary Satellite Club of James City County, an organization that embodies the value of service above self. For my synagogue, I’m on the Board of Directors and Chair of the Social Action Committee. I am also honored to be a Business Mentor at William & Mary’s Entrepreneurship Hub. This is a role that benefits the community as well as William & Mary students. These activities are a good mix of service performed from my “heart” and from my “head.”
What is something about your job most people wouldn’t know about?
Most people wouldn’t know that my values of curiosity, integrity, life-long learning, service, and wholeheartedness guide the way I work with my clients holistically. I see them as complete individuals, not just as business owners. I genuinely care about their personal happiness and satisfaction and support them in every aspect of their lives.
How do you define success?
Success is enabling and empowering my clients to regain control of their time, streamline their workflow, and ultimately achieve their professional and personal goals. It’s about building trusting relationships, helping clients grow their businesses, or beating burnout while guiding them to fall back in love with their work.
What is your most successful accomplishment to date?
I’ve had the honor of growing my business alongside one of my client’s businesses for the past nine years. At first, it was just the two of us. To date, I’ve hired the most extraordinary, distributed team of eight, contributed to a 600% increase in the revenue growth of the business, dramatically built out the team’s infrastructure which now includes over 200 SOPs, implemented and refined effective systems for team communication and project management, and oversaw two learning management system launches and a rebrand, I’ve been complimented that I’ve done all this while creating a positive, uplifting culture.
How long have you lived/worked in the Historic Triangle?
I went to grad school for Education at William & Mary, so altogether, I have lived in Williamsburg for 18 years. I can’t believe how much the area has changed in that time.
What is your favorite part of being in the Historic Triangle?
It was an adjustment moving here from bigger cities like New Orleans and DC. I love the “small” community feel and nearly always see at least one person we know wherever we go. I love all the greenery that surrounds the area and the many parks and open spaces we are fortunate to have. And I love there’s so much opportunity for both businesses and families to grow and thrive.
What do you do for downtime/to relax?
My downtime consists of reading, though it’s hard for me to sit still to do so. More often than not, I’m listening to an audiobook while working around the house. I also love to relax with friends and family – going for walks and talks, being outside, or exploring the area.
What is the next step in your journey?
I’m thrilled to be able to give back to the community through the W&M Entrepreneurship Hub’s Mentor Network. I’m hoping to learn and share as much as I can by connecting with those who are on their personal entrepreneurial journey.
Do you want to learn more about your community and the people that live and work in the Historic Triangle? We are looking for people with interesting jobs, super volunteers, or community leaders to showcase. Reach out to let us know if you (or someone you know) would like to be considered for Ten Questions.