Meet IVMF’s #StudentOfTheWeek
, Eileen Collins, a U.S. Air Force veteran.
Collins joined the U.S. Air Force in 1980 where she completed basic training at Lackland AFB, San Antonio, TX, and Technical Training in Biloxi, MS. Her first tour of duty was at Kelly AFB, San Antonio, TX where she developed her experience as an Administrative Support Staff (70230B). Her enlistment included an 18-month overseas assignment at RAF Fairford, England. Collins achieved the rank of A1C before returning to the States and completing her enlistment.
In 2007, Collins founded Admin-On-Call, Executive Assistant on the Run, which provides executive administrative support to entrepreneurs, small business owners and home based businesses on an as-needed basis.
“Admin-On-Call was born after helplessly watching my sister’s business close on the fifth anniversary of operation because of the lack of support in ‘running’ the business. Her time to grow the business was consumed by the time needed to run the business,” Collins said.
After starting her business, Collins attended the Veteran Women Igniting the Spirit of Entrepreneurship (V-WISE) NYC conference to further pursue her venture.
“It was through the knowledge gained from attending the boot camp and the connections made through networking with my fellow military entrepreneurs that I was able to find the courage to keep pushing and take my business to another level,” she said.
Collins and her husband are also investors in the real estate market as well as founders of a non-profit organization that will bring families together called A.P.A.C.T. (Active Parents and Children Together).
Collins is a 2009 Strayer University graduate with an associate’s degree in Arts Business Administration. Collins lives in Syracuse, NY with her husband, two sons and two dogs. Their oldest son lives in Detroit, MI with their 11 grandchildren.
Photo courtesy of Cindy Bell Photography.