Ginger Clayton, CEO of Elontec, has a story to tell. Driven by the need to achieve balance between motherhood and a career, she started her own business into a thriving 100-person firm on track to have the most profitable year ever.
Elontec is a commercial furniture company that also takes the pain out of relocation by providing logistics, technological support and clean up for a trouble free move. Under Clayton’s guidance, Elontec has expanded into Denver, Houston and Tucson next year and looking to be in ten of the nation’s largest cities by 2030.
Clayton’s career path included EMT, Paramedic, emergency management, executive management for a fortune 500 company and an operations role at a local women owned ad agency, where she learned the ins and outs of small business.
Driven by balance.
“I wanted autonomy- that’s why I was drawn into the business world as an entrepreneur,” she said. “I got to drive the balance between motherhood and career.” Clayton also feels that entrepreneurship gives her “more control over her destiny. With empty nesting in view, who is also a grandma, “an active grandma”, as she puts it. “I want to go to their games and events”. Clayton has five children with her husband, Joe, who is Vice President of Sales for Elontec. Her children range in age from 15 to 26. She has regular “dates” with them on an individual basis.
Driven by making a difference
Clayton speaks passionately about making a difference and how that drives her. She serves on several non-profit boards, teaches children (especially her own) about philanthropy and leads her own Diaper Bank of Central Arizona. Some her favorite organizations include Kitchen on the Street, the Casa Center for Positive Social Change, AZ Women’s Education and Employment (A New Leaf) and Special Olympics Arizona. She inspired her own daughter to raise over $10,000 in bake sales to provide clean water in Uganda. Clayton is especially drawn to small non-profits. “They make me feel like I am closer to the cause,” she said.
The Diaper Bank of Arizona is her proudest achievement. The Diaper Bank provides diapers for over 30 area agencies that work with young children. Clayton remembers a time as a young mother, when was down to her last two diapers and a day of work ahead of her- when an act of kindness touched her and provided the impetus for founding this organization. “That always stuck with me and I feel like I was called to do this,” she said. “I am driven to make a difference. This is the only diaper bank in Phoenix and it was an undiscovered need.” She started The Diaper Bank in 2013 when she received a grant for 250,000 diapers and 1 million wipes. Now they supply local children with over 1 million diapers annually.
Driven to NAWBO by a chance to mentor and learn.
“I love supporting other business owners,” she said. Clayton currently co-chairs the Desert Ridge Neighborhood NAWBO. Clayton has been an active NAWBO member for three years and may become involved in the NAWBO Circle. Clayton also is active in Vistage, and the Women President’s Organization.
Clayton runs her business with the core values of respect, integrity, spirit (purpose, faith and fun), and service. Long tenures are rewarded with cruises and volunteer efforts are applauded. “I like to make things happen quickly,” she said. We have developed a great team of people with a similar vision who can also accept change”.