::Trudy Carlson::


An entrepreneurial fire has been the motivating factor behind Trudy Carlson’s achievements as a business owner. From a quarter century of small business experience she has gained a wealth of knowledge that has refined her as a professional. Trudy has a knack in selecting and applying the appropriate business acumen as new ventures and environments arise. She is practiced at bringing the essentials for success to those she allies with.

All of her commercial ventures have focused on delivering high level customer service and quality products. From her first entrepreneurial experience as the founder and sole proprietor of a secretarial service, Service With A Memory, Trudy learned the value of providing complete customer satisfaction. Her talents built her a very loyal clientele – as her original customers matured from college students needing proofread and typed school papers, to young professionals requiring resumes, to business people seeking her talents in the development of various business correspondences and proposals.

From her next self-founded and ran commercial adventure of manufacturing and wholesaling ceramics, Dynamic Ceramics, Trudy acquired additional skills in managing a part-time production staff, developing Rep. relationships, overseeing shipping, maintaining inventory, merchandising, recordkeeping, selling, and trade show planning. From her time there she matured as a businesswoman becoming practiced and proficient at directing the affairs of a successful small business – through fulfilling client requests, addressing concerns, solving problems, and supplying quality product.

Trudy’s current company, Garden Home Products, which she co-owns with her husband, was a logical step in her professional progression. One in which she gets to employ all past experiences and skills while expanding her horizons. Under her management this evolving venture provides a venue in which they excel at providing unrivaled sales support and superior, first-class products to the garden, hardware, and gifts industry.

New challenges in garden-industry marketing allow her to continue to grow professionally as she is constantly searching for innovative new ways to better serve and communicate with customers – manufacturers, importers, wholesalers, distributors, nursery and garden center owners, and retail store sales staff. She leads Garden Home Products marketing efforts in delivering industry-leading service and support by driving an ever evolving Internet presence, emailed newsletters, a product showroom, sales and product training programs, merchandising plano-grams, and by making regular store service, ordering, and stocking calls. These rare practices among Reps. allow them to provide service that is without equal in the industry.

The focus, discipline, and determination learned from years of piano and music practice as a child and young adult have served Trudy well in her professional life. Her developed tenacity in pursuing, learning, and persisting at a task come from those challenges. Although she pursued piano and music studies at Portland State University, it was her recognized talents in writing and communication that earned her a scholarship in Journalism from the University of Minnesota. It was a combination of her personal and educational experiences that fueled her initial, successful foray into that first entrepreneurial experience.

On the home front Trudy managed to raise three sons while running her businesses. Her parenting skills are still being put to use as she is playing a large role in the rearing of a granddaughter. She relaxes at home by playing the piano and organ, but you will often find her curled up on the couch reading a mystery novel or watching the latest movie release. Trudy exhibits a unique love for animals – as over the years she taken in strays, and adopted the abandoned, unwanted, and discarded pets of others into her ever-changing personal menagerie.