Dawn Abbott, CSEP is the owner of Fun Productions, Inc. which she began in 1991. She is also the owner of Connections Team Building & Training, and Abbott Coaching, Inc. Dawn Abbott, CSEP was the first Certified Special Events Professional in Colorado and is currently one of only about 500 CSEPs in the world. She served for 2 years as the Western Regional Vice-President for ILEA and served 6 years on the ILEA Denver Board of Directors. In 2011, she was inducted into the ILEA Hall of Fame as well as Colorado Meeting and Events Magazine Hall of Fame. Dawn has also served on the Meetings Industry Council Board and on the Denver Small Business Development Center advisory board and The Colorado Meetings and Events magazine Advisory Board. She is also a current member of The Women Presidents Organization.
Dawn grew her small business from a tiny start up out of her home to a multi-office, 14,000 square foot warehouse and showroom with 30+ employees and multi-million-dollar revenues. She credits her lack of creativity but very strong skills in business planning and logistics, as well as being a good leader who engages and empowers her team for the success she has. In the last 30 years there were all the trials, challenges, and lessons entrepreneurs face. Nothing quite prepares you for the day you have a growing family, three successful small businesses, and the unexpected loss of your husband, business partner, and father of your three children. When Dawn’s husband died in a tragic accident in 2013 while on vacation with their 18 and 21-year-old sons and three-month-old daughter, she had some serious decisions to make. Dawn was not sure she could run the businesses by herself while getting through grief and raising a newborn with two older sons who just lost their dad. This trauma took Dawn on a journey to find her passion, to realize that life was too short to work it away, and to understand that when people are allowed to bring their head, hearts, and hands to work, they will rise to the challenge.
She bet on herself. She decided that she was going to run these businesses a little differently. Dawn had a major mindset shift and started putting people before profit. In 2017 when her oldest son Josh told Dawn he wanted to buy the business they decided to implement the Entrepreneurial Operating System© into the business. What happened? From 2017 to 2019, the business grew its gross revenue by 30%, spent 65% more on employee pay & benefits and the net profit grew by 300%. Dawn knew the business was set-up for success with her son at the helm. Dawn also discovered that she wanted to do this exact thing for other business owners and leaders. She knew all to well that life can be cut short, she is passionate about helping people not work theirs away but growing a business that gives them the life they desire. Through this lifetime Dawn has learned strategic and tactical tools to grow a small business successfully, as well as gaining clarity on who she is and how to effectively leverage and empower a team. She knows the process for getting leaders off the treadmill.
Dawn is passionate about giving small business owners the permission to live a life that includes their family, their passions, the time freedom, and the money that they want and need.Dawn has found her true gifts, strengths and purpose in Speaking, Coaching, Facilitation, and training. She is a Professional EOS Implementer. Dawn is a Certified DiSC, & Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team trainer/facilitator. Most of her work involves coaching growth-oriented small businesses to crash through the ceiling to get to their next level of greatness/success and create a culture where people are excited to come to work.