VERBATIM: Leslie Pham

WHO? Leslie Pham

WHERE? Coppell, Texas

WHAT? Pham is a wife and mother of four. She owns Neat Dryclean in Coppell, Texas. Coppell is located in the northwest corner of Dallas County and has a population of approximately 40,000. In an area saturated with dry cleaning establishments, Pham believes that what sets Neat Dryclean apart from its competition is the family vibe and atmosphere. Dad works the front, mom is a seamstress, one of her sisters lends assistance when needed and Pham’s husband cleans in the back. “I do everything except clean the clothes,” Pham said of her hands-on approach to operating the family business.

THE ONE THING I TRY TO DO ON A DAILY BASIS IS…

Exercise for at least 30 minutes. I have a spin bike in the house and jump on it whenever.

I AM CURRENTLY READING…

How to Build Profitable Routes by James Peuster. I just got started.

THE BOOK THAT HAS HAD THE BIGGEST IMPACT ON MY LIFE IS…

The Bible. Enough said. How could anything be more impactful than The Bible?

THE BEST MOVIE I HAVE EVER SEEN IS…

“Mamma Mia” — I love all the songs. I don’t like to watch movies twice but for some reason I gravitate toward that and I watch it over and over again.

MY MORNING ROUTINE IS…

Check emails, social media, get my toddler ready for the day, make breakfast for the family.

I AVOID DISTRACTIONS BY…

Packing my laptop and all paperwork and work at the library.

I OVERCOME ADVERSITY BY…

Seeing the lesson in every situation.

THE MOST IMPORTANT LIFE LESSON I HAVE LEARNED IS…

Don’t rush through life. When we hurry through life, we miss the important things.

THE BEST CAREER ADVICE I EVER RECEIVED IS…

You can’t help everyone. Jesus couldn’t, and you are just Leslie.

MY NUMBER ONE SMARTPHONE APP IS…

Facebook. Facebook is good when you’re using it correctly. It doesn’t have to be evil. It’s worthwhile for me.

WHEN I RELAX, I LIKE…

Spinning and getting a facial.

IN 5 YEARS I HOPE TO BE…

Running my own real estate and property management business.

I AM WORKING TOWARD THAT 5-YEAR GOAL BY…

Completing my real estate license, managing a hotel, commercial building and restaurant.

I AM MOST AT PEACE WHEN…

I’m asleep. I think I average about 5 or 6 hours a night.

MY SOURCE OF INSPIRATION IS…

Surrounding myself with positive, influential people.

I NEVER LEAVE THE HOUSE WITHOUT…

My phone. I’m an Apple girl.

A PODCAST I RECOMMEND IS…

The Chalene Show. I love Chalene Johnson; she’s great. She is a fitness guru and a girl boss. She runs her own empire and empowers women in business. I love her show because she is crazy funny, inspirational, motivational and she’s the best.

SOMETHING EVERYONE SHOULD TRY AT LEAST ONCE IS…

Korean fried chicken. We live very close to Korea Town. I’ve never been a real fried chicken person, but I love wings. Korean fried wings is the best! Once you have it, you can’t have any regular chicken; it’s so good.

I HANDLE DISAPPOINTMENT BY…

Talking about it with my sisters. We talk everyday about everything.

WHEN I WAS YOUNGER I WANTED TO BE…

A teacher. Doesn’t every kid when they were little want to be a teacher, police officer or fireman or something?

A GO-TO BAND OR MUSICAL ARTIST ON MY PLAYLIST IS…

Anything 80s.

MY “SUPERPOWER” IS…

Being a mom of four.

About John Leano

John Leano can be reached by e-mail: Leano@BryansCleaners.com or Twitter: @JohnLeano or www.facebook.com/johngleano