By Sandy Meyer

Sometimes it can seem to take a lifetime to find the career we feel we are meant for.  Going to a meaningless job day after day eventually takes its toll and then it’s time to jump ship.  That’s how it happened for Brandon resident, Shirley Deal.  Deal held a corporate position at Citigroup for 21 years, but in November 2012, she decided it was time to pursue her Mary Kay sales full-time and leave the corporate world.  She has no regrets and has moved quickly up in the company, recently being promoted to Sales Director.

Eleven years ago, Deal was a single mom working full-time and needing to supplement her income to make ends meet.  That’s when she went to a Mary Kay party and became interested in joining the team.  Though she admits she didn’t think of herself as the sales type, success has come quickly for her.  “I really pride myself on building a strong client base.  I really try to develop a relationship with my potential customers.  It’s very personalized and customized service,” she said.

For those who have an interest in Mary Kay products but haven’t taken the time to look into it, they have a try before you buy option and offer a 100 percent money-back guarantee.  Deal says she even gives complimentary makeovers to her clients when they have a special occasion, such as a wedding.  She runs sales a couple times a year as well.

Deal has been in the Brandon area for 18 years and a member of First Baptist Church for 15 years. “The main reason I love my Mary Kay is that it allows me to keep my priorities of God first, family second and then career, then of course the flexibility and great relationships,” she confided.

With the holidays fast approaching, Deal is offering a Holiday Sale on Saturday, November 9.  For more information on attending the sale party, buying Mary Kay products or to find out how Deal can help you have a Mary Kay career, contact her at 503-7629 or visit



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