November Member in the Spotlight: Heather Gibson: Sentry Arts, LLC

Principal, Sentry Arts, LLC

Description of product or service:

Sentry Art Advisory Services offers an end-to-end, one stop resource for art, artifact and brand identity management services including curatorial services, art collection management, and branding. Sentry Arts’ mission is to use these services to assist clients in creating interiors reflecting their corporate image and values.

How many years have you been with company or in business?

6

What company or organization you respect most and why?

Southwest Airlines – I respect their values: employees first, customers second and shareholders third. They understand that by respecting their employees the entire company thrives and their customers are happy.

Which business leader or innovator do you most want to emulate and why?

Lauren Bush, the CEO of Feed Project and Feed Foundation. Her company and non-profit connect consumers with the cause of hunger. In seven years, FEED has provided 85 million meals, the equivalent of roughly $11 million. Ms. Bush states, “If it is not quick and easy and simple, you lose the consumer. FEED is a nice way to hook people and make them more aware of what is happening around the world. That’s the role we can play.”

I admire her innovative business model, smart partnerships with business donors and non-profits: UNICEF, United Nations World Food Programme and Feeding America.

I believe there is good in everyone, and creating a vehicle to enable people to easily express that good and help others inspires me.

What is the most important business decision you’ve made to date?

Hiring employees.

What is the most important life decision you’ve made to date?

Adopting my son, Alex.

When and why did you join the IBA?

I joined the IBA in 2010. I wanted to connect with other LGBT business leaders in my community.

Since joining the IBA, what has been the greatest advantage to you and your business being a member of the Chamber?

I love connecting with LBTQA business! I have met a terrifically diverse group of people and find myself uplifted after networking events both by the connections and the breadth of businesses represented by our community.

What is your proudest moment, honor, or achievement?

I have two moments that spring to mind. The first I received shortly after starting my business in 2010, I was awarded a fellowship with the Alliance of Women Entrepreneurs (AWE).  The second honor was Sentry Arts LLC making the Top 20 LGBT Businesses List in the Philadelphia Business Journal two years in a row.

What programs, outreach, or organizations are you involved in that give back to the community?

I am one of the founders of GO! Philly Women Give to Others, a Philadelphia-based giving circle, and I’m on board of Fresh Artists. I also volunteer for and donate to my son’s school, Green Street Friends School.

What is a little known fact about you?

Over the course of my life, I have rescued and adopted 10 cats and 4 dogs…some might say I’m a foster failure.

What is your guiltiest pleasure?

Red wine and dark chocolate.

To date, what has been your most favorite vacation spot?

Provincetown.

What is the last book you read?

You are a Badass by Jen Sincero. I absolutely love it, I just keep rereading it!