Gretchen Bonaduce is a successful Television Personality, Author, Producer, and now Owner/Founder of Greenway Manor, Hacienda del Avion and Le Cornucopia Cafe. Celebrities can fly directly into her hangars at the Hotel Hacienda del Avion, a luxury 3 bedroom, 2 and a half bath custom home built in 2005 available for private short term and long term rentals for up to 6 guests. Equipped with a full blown pub, four car garage and a 50×50 attached hangar, the property is adjacent to the Bisbee Airport where her Rock Star friends can fly into and park their private jets; it sits on three landscaped acres and is located 8 miles of Downtown Bisbee. Greenway Manor rooms are themed after Rock Stars like The Beatles, Elvis, Rolling Stones and are known to be haunted. Gretchen’s restaurant Le Cornucopia Cafe serves lunch daily and dinner on the weekends as Boho Bisbee Tapas Bar they are known for their award winning meatloaf sandwich and have 4.5 stars on Tripadvisor. Bisbee Arizona is popular for several quirky events throughout the year on Nov. 5th is the Mariachi Festival, in October every year runners come to prepare for the Boston Marathon as a tradition and participate in the Bisbee 1000 The Great Stair Climb & Craft Beer Festival which is one of the most challenging events in the world, Bisbee Pride, Copper City Classic Vintage Baseball Tournament and more that keep Gretchen very busy planning for her guests.
We asked Gretchen a few questions on what it meant to her to be a CEO and business woman.
- What does being a CEO/Entrepreneur mean to you?
To me, being an entrepreneur is having the skill to figure out several sources of revenue to build your own empire.
- What was your motivation to become an entrepreneur?
I am not very good at being told what to do. I prefer to make my own rules and decisions regarding my money and have control over all operations.
- What is the function of your company?
I own and operate several Airbnb’s in Bisbee Arizona. I also own half of Le Cornucopia Cafe on Main St. in Bisbee.
- What have been the biggest difficulties you encountered in this job?
It definitely is a little scary to have all the weight of the entire operations on your shoulders, including the financial risk. Everything from quality, employees, and all major decisions falls on me to ensure the product I am putting out is one I can be proud of.
- There will be those who think you are very lucky, so tell us also about the difficult times you have lived until you get here.
I would hardly call it luck. It’s a lot of hard work and resourcefulness. When I bought my first airbnb (a 10,000 square feet turn of the century mansion) I was banking on my home in Los Angeles selling. It didn’t for a year. I was definitely sweating bullets for a while trying to carry both homes for an entire year. I never was scared it wouldn’t work out though. I was confident it would.
- You commented a while ago that you would like to inspire people, make them believe in the success of their ideas and projects. Don’t you think that, somehow, you are doing it with your own example?
I certainly hope so. It takes a lot of hard work and determination, but all things are possible I believe.
- What is the most sacrificed to fulfill your dreams?
I do not believe I have sacrificed much at all. The one thing I have found living in a small town is good workers are very hard to come by. You want to keep them as happy as you can once you find them.
- You never thought about abandoning it?
Not a chance. Not at this point. I am sure there will come a day when I don’t want to work this hard, but not in the foreseeable future.
- A question: what did you want to be “when you grow up”?
I always thought I was going to be a famous actor or singer. I’m an ok singer…but I could possibly be the worst actress in the world! Not so good! There isn’t a big calling for terrible actresses I am afraid.
- You have opened many doors, but have others been closed to you?
I am sure they have. But I am an eternal optimist and don’t really think that doors have been closed. Swimsuit model. Probably close to me at 57.
- Do you think there is an objective formula that allows any businesswoman to achieve success?
I don’t know if there is a formula other than hard work and determination and never ever giving up.
- How far would you be willing to go to achieve your professional goals?
I think it’s pretty far. I moved to another state with my son and didn’t know anyone in this town. I just believed I could make this work.
- Could you give us a definition of what you understand by success?
I guess success is a relative term. One man or woman’s success might be another’s failure.
- How do you define your style, who are you inspired by?
Well I fancy my style a little bit Carrie Bradshaw, and a little bit of a bohemian hipster. I am very much a hat girl.
- What have you learned from your previous successes?
I have learned not to take it for granted. Try to stop and smell the roses everyday. Time goes by so fast. I can’t believe the amazing life I have led. Hard to remember all the great things.
- Do you think that recognition has real value when you receive it?
For sure. Recognition and positive feedback are vital to keep you going in the right direction.
- To almost finish the interview, being so young, what goals would you like to achieve?
Hahahaha now that is funny. Being almost 57 is no longer so young to me. That’s the one thing I wish I had was more time to work this hard. It is limited.
- What advice would you give to business people, entrepreneurs or those who want to become?
Never give up, be cautious of people, you handle your own money along with a great tax person and money advisers to give you good advice. Thank you Gretchen Bonaduce for your hospitality- Bisbee, Arizona is a small beautiful town that is a great place to visit. The weather is so nice; it needed more places to eat and stay to enjoy its pleasures.
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