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September 29, 2013

Mary Kay's Best

WHS grad Anita Garrett-Roe talks about becoming cosmetic company’s top seller worldwide

By SALLY SEXTON

Anita Garrett-Roe is a warrior when it comes to selling products and her sales numbers speak for themselves.

For her efforts, Garrett-Roe, a graduate of Weatherford High School, was named the top Mary Kay seller in the world.

“I’ve been in the top 10 [in sales] for a number of years, but this is the first year that I was put in the spotlight. I’m number one and it’s such a great honor,” she said.

Garrett-Roe was one of 18 of the world’s top sellers, dubbed the “inner circle.”

“It’s the cream of the crop,” she said. “And to be among those employees and be number one is a great and wonderful honor.”

Garrett-Roe began her career with Mary Kay as a consultant at the age of 23, following a brief career in teaching.

“I think I did well in sales because I had graduated from college with a teaching degree,” she said. “To me, selling is more like teaching than anything. In addition, I was able to be an effective trainer for the sales force. My team did the best because they were well trained.

“I love teaching but did not want to stay in the classroom, so when Mary Kay came along, I knew I wanted to be a top director.”

Garrett-Roe’s mother was working as a registered nurse at Fort Wolters when she had her first opportunity with the skin care and cosmetic line.

“There was a young lady there who had just had a baby, and a woman was selling Mary Kay and showing [the mother] how to put on different makeup products,” she said. “My mother mentioned to her that I was interested in going into cosmetics and the rest was history.”

“When I started, I set a goal to make enough money to get new furniture,” Garrett-Roe said.

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