Before taking a sharp career turn, Devore’s resume demonstrated her commitment to working hard yet playing safe. In 1985, she landed her first job at SRC Holdings Corporation as a clerk typist and eventually rose to general manager in 1998. During her 25 years with the company, Devore was able to help SRC’s startup electrical division create quality systems and engineering processes that passed all the audits and set the business up for future success.
But in the 2000s, Devore decided to purchase a bar and grill with a full management staff as an attempt to earn passive income while she worked full-time. The endeavor didn’t pan out, but like most business missteps, there was a silver lining for Devore. “I think any time you fail, you’re really missing the boat if you don’t learn from it,” she says. “I realized you can’t automatically trust everyone. You have to have systems in place to track them; you have to have accountability and you have to just make sure that the checks and balances are in place. Going into a small family type of environment like that, I think we took some things for granted.”