Saturday, March 13, 2004

Julia Lopez brings Mary Kay to Hispanic women

"Julia Lopez is building her own Nashville cosmetics empire based mostly on sales to Hispanic women. For the past nine years, Lopez has served as a consultant for the company best known for the pink Cadillac DeVilles driven by its most successful saleswomen."

"Her home visits net about $1,200 per month in direct sales, along with heftier commissions from the cosmetics sales of the 45 Spanish-speaking women locally whom she has recruited to her sales team."

"'Mary Kay is not just about selling,' said Lopez, from El Salvador, of the $1.8 billion company. 'I really think the only option for a woman who doesn't speak English is to go to a hotel and clean rooms or maybe work in a restaurant where they speak Spanish.' Lopez herself is a fluent English speaker."

''I tell people they have another choice. They can be like a chairperson of their own company.''

"Tonight, Lopez, the first Hispanic Mary Kay saleswoman in the state, will receive a Hispanic Businesswoman of the Year award from the Tennessee Hispanic Chamber of Commerce at a black-tie affair at the Renaissance Nashville Hotel."

The Tennessean

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