Entrepreneurs who succeeded in a prior venture only have a 30%
chance of success in their next venture. First time business
owners have only an 18% chance of succeeding.
Swift and Paula Ramsey of the Lake Charles, LA chamber of
commerce presenting the 2016 Glenn Shepard Excellence in
Leadership Award to Kathi the Shrimp Lady Vidrine.
Thatís where Kathi Vidrine was in
Through an act of unexpected fate, she and her
three daughters relocated from Chicago to Lake Charles,
Louisiana, where she had no friends or family, and knew very
little about business.
The only two things she had going
for her were:
1. An incredible work ethic
2. A burning
passion and unrelenting desire to succeed
her, thatís enough to succeed in the Land of Opportunity.
Kathiís bubbly personality, integrity and genuine love for
humanity won her the respect of the public. Soon, ďKathi the
Shrimp LadyĒ became a staple in the business community.
She enlisted the support of her brother to help her manage the
overwhelming growth. They bought a shrimp dock and purchasing
plant. But ancient Napoleonic laws and restrictions plagued her
growth, eventually landing her before the Supreme Court. To the
delight of the community, she emerged victorious.
later, Bill Vidrine joined her and used his experience to
accelerate the growth of Steamboat Billís seafood restaurants.
Thirty-five years later, Steamboat Billís has consistently been
voted the best seafood and crawfish in southwest Louisiana. And
thatís saying a lot, because they looooooooove seafood in Cajun
Kathiís humble beginnings have transformed into
four existing franchises with five more opening within the next
few years. This is why she won last yearís Glenn Shepard
Excellence in Leadership Award.
Hereís an excerpt from
the nomination sent in by her daughter Paige Vidrine:
"Have you ever met someone who has an unnatural ability
to overcome, accomplish and inspire? My mother is a person like
this! She lived in poverty most of her life. Raising three young
girls alone was hard for her, but she always found a way to make
ends meet. When she relocated from Chicago to Louisiana, she
started peddling shrimp on the side of the road. Years later she
was able to open her first restaurant. Each year she faced
horrible circumstances, including fires that nearly destroyed
everything she built. But she always found a way to overcome
those terrible circumstances with a smile on her face. Her
attitude and heart have inspired thousands of people over the
years. Her generosity and kindness to the young, poor and
elderly have touched more hearts than you could imagine. She's a
teacher, a leader, a coach and a friend. Her spirit is that of a
giant living in a pint-sized body!Ē
about you? Is there someone in your life who has inspired you
like Kathi has done for so many people? Have you been fortunate
enough to have a boss, teacher, or other mentor who helped you
become the best you can be?
If you have, you should
nominate them for this yearís Glenn Shepard Excellence in
Leadership Award. Ten finalists will receive a Certificate of
Recognition, and the winner will receive a $1,000.00 check from
Glenn Shepard Seminars, along with the trophy.
for submission guidelines and dates.
To Your Success,
Kathiís story embodies the American Dream, and is proof
that these lines from my favorite Brooks and Dunn song are so
"Only in America,
Where we dream as big as we
We all get a chance,
Everybody gets to dance,
Only in America!"
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