An Ocala success story
With an abundance of tenacity, Mary has been self-employed since she was 22 years of age when she started the first equestrian staffing firm in the country. Within a few short years she realized she had a knack for finding the right people to help raise productivity and efficiency for employers. In four short years, she had two staffing companies and multiple businesses relied on her to find quality staff to fill positions within their organizations.
As Mary’s companies grew, she grew and became involved with the American Staffing Association, Florida Staffing Association and became a Certified Staffing Professional. Throughout her successful career, part of her focus has been to give back to the community that supports her.
FastTrack Staffing, Inc. provides a high-quality service in the face of rapid growth and change in the staffing industry. FastTrack’s goal is to deliver big results with a small-town touch; we take pride in our service and our people.
Highly efficient and effective, FastTrack won the Florida Back to Work Contract. This program provided businesses a tremendous opportunity to give someone in need a fresh start and a new direction for the future.
Now a national firm, FastTrack has branch offices in Florida and Michigan. More than doubling in size in three years, our most recent branch has opened Daytona Beach, Florida. Additionally, FastTrack started a Professional Search & Administration division. FastTrack is a Florida certified MBE as well as a member of multiple Chamber of Commerce Associations in Florida and Michigan.
Moving to Ocala in the early 80’s Mary was interested in becoming a farm manager, but ended up starting a staffing agency for farms, now called Equistaff. She quickly saw a need for all levels of barn staff and began utilizing my connections in the industry to match employers with employees and created the first equine staffing company in the United States. Equistaff started on a shoestring budget and is now the premier equine staffing agency serving thousands of members from all over the world.
Mary is an avid amateur ballroom dancer and competes around the country. Opening Dance, Dance Dance Studio located near The Villages, Florida was just an extension of her passion for dance. Bringing the finest instructor to the area, she helps advance the ballroom community. Mary said,“ I met many enchanting personalities as a ballroom dance competitor and decided to bring that energy Ocala & The Village, Florida."
"Our goal is to aid independent dance teachers, pro/am couples, amateur couples and individuals to advance their ballroom dance skills and thrive in the performing arts community.”
Though managing companies keeps Mary quite busy, she’s found that she thrive when work intersects with her passions.
Mary's entrepreneurial spirit landed her in a new ring- the racetrack. Equistaff is proud to sponsor Team Equistaff, a racing team that includes the 4-year-old filly, Mineshaft Madness or as we like to call her, Lucky.
Preparing to race in Tampa, FL we are awaiting her next performance. Hardcore Cat is our latest addition. Racing at Gulfstream Park in S. Florida we expect good things in her future.
When Mary's not in the office or at the barn, you'll most likely find her traveling around the United States for amateur ballroom competitions.
Since 2006, she's competed in numerous competitions and has been a finalist in Ballroom, Smooth, and Latin style competitions.
This year, Mary looks forward to the Pro-Am Division with her partner Aleksee Alekseev.
For the past seven years, Mary's combined her passion for the equine industry and ballroom dancing for a charitable cause and hosts the Florida Fun Mini-Match. It's an annual charity amateur dance competition for beginners and local Ocala dancers.
A celebrity panel monitors the event and all of the proceeds go to Marion Therapeutic Riding Association - in Ocala, a PATH International Premiere Accredited Therapeutic Horsemanship Center for individuals of all ages challenged by physical, mental or emotional disabilities.
To become involved in next year's Florida Fun Mini-Match, just visit Dance Dance Dance.
Mentoring & Life Coaching
Mary's success is only rewarding when she's able to share it with others. She also enjoys mentoring and life coaching recovering patients in Ocala treatment centers.