Learn From This CEO How She Rose Up From Abuse And Alcoholism To Lead A Company With $400M In Sales


By Ally Bogard and Allie Hoffman

Original Source: forbes.com

Catherine Monson is the CEO of FASTSIGNS International, Inc., which does over $446 million in systemwide sales and has 661 franchisees in nine countries around the world. Catherine has been recognized by the franchising industry as having led to its continued growth and development; she’s also been recognized for her contributions to the printing and graphic communications industry, and to the advancements she’s made in advocating for women in the C-Suite.

In 2012, she was featured on the CBS TV show Undercover Boss, and she currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the International Franchise Association.

In this interview, she breaks through her credentials and awards, to talk about where her drive comes from, which has its source in deep pain: an alcoholic, abusive mother; a paralyzed brother, and a partner taken by suicide.

Catherine also maps out her formula for success — it’s easy to follow and concrete. She shared with  us how anyone can rise to the highest heights of their dreams; we hope she’s the same injection of motivation for you that she was for us.

Allie Hoffman and Ally Bogard: What have you triumphed over?

Catherine Monson: I grew up in an abusive, alcoholic home. My mother was an alcoholic. I was the oldest of four. My mother blamed the unhappiness in her life on me…click here to continue reading