When I decided that it was time to do something for myself, a very difficult decision for Cancer women, my first choice was pop star. Since my daughter told me that I couldn’t sing or dance, I had to look for something else. I was a nanny for eight years, service director for two years, accounting assistant for three years, and a personal assistant for the last five years. Personal chef made perfect sense to me.

When I started my research into the profession, I quickly realized that a national, professional affiliation was absolutely necessary. I printed each page of the websites of the three major organizations. My husband and I read over them many times – comparing points on each one. For months, I spent my evenings pouring over huge amounts of information, needing to make the best decision for me, and my family.

By the time I felt like I knew everything I could learn from reading – looking at websites of members of the different affiliations, I decided to make some phone calls. I made more than one call, but my conversation with Candy Wallace made my decision for me. This is the right profession for me, and APPCA is the best professional association to help me succeed. I know I can make this change in my life with the support offered by Candy and the APPCA.

Thank you so much for your attention – to my silly questions and my grave concerns, for the confidence in my success and your dedication to making this a profession to be proud of.

Susan Conner Banchs, Dinner Productions New Orleans, LA Nov-27-2014