History and Bios
Ursula Wachowiak ~ Owner / Operator / Virtual Assistant
I started my high school years on a business fast track and employment program. My first real professional gig was in banking just out of high school. That career lasted many years in many positions and when I relocated to Illinois my career took some wonderful turns into mortgage lending, residential and commercial construction, marketing consulting, and commercial property management. I have always been and pride myself on being one of the best executive assistants you could ask for. I enjoy technology and learning more each and every day.
The Write Hand has been a side business of mine since 1997 but in 2012 after losing my full-time job, I ramped up this little side business and decided to sell all that I own and manage my business from the saddle bags of a Harley Davidson. Business was growing well until I was hit head-on 6 months into my journey. My existing clients stuck with me and several months after recovery, The Write Hand once again began to grow. In January 2015, I said farewell to a DBA and hello to an LLC. This new step allows me a great deal more room to grow and serve all sorts of small to medium businesses.
I have an A.A. degree from Joliet Junior College in the field of business administration and industrial psychology. I add to that many years of professional courses and training seminars that have helped me immensely in the areas of marketing, human relations, management, budgeting, and much more.
My services mostly benefit small businesses because that’s what I am for one thing; and because small businesses need economical administrative assistance in order to grow while managing overhead. My services are also beneficial to established virtual workers, entrepreneurs, authors, and those whom travel a lot. If you need an assistant of some sort, but not somebody sitting in your office or in your face, I’m quite sure we can help you.
Member – Dynamic Professional Women’s Network
Shelly Gora ~ Graphic Designer
Shelly is a big thinker; adept at channeling creative design elements as well as communicating and working directly with people to solve problems and explore new territories. She utilizes her design and print production experience to develop conceptual and innovative design styles. Shelly graduated with her Associate’s degree in Web Design in 2014 with a 3.8 GPA while working full time. She is furthering her knowledge with Udacity for a Front End Web Developer Nanodegree. some of her specialties include: Adobe Suite, HTML5, CSS, brand identity, advertisements, multi-page layouts, print & web collateral.
Ursula ~ The Write Hand – “I met Shelly through a network of motorcyclists and have seen in Shelly her unstoppable drive to achieve and exceed expectations in all areas of her life. I am fortunate to have Shelly as part of my support team because she brings to The Write Hand skills that enhance our client offerings.”
Joe Lozano ~ Graphic Designer
Joe is a seasoned Art Director/Graphic Designer with over 25 years of experience in the Packaging and Printing Industries. He has a passion for color and design, as well as the ability to incorporate those skills into production-ready collateral. Studying at the Art Institute of Ft. Lauderdale, he learned to apply a practical application of his love to draw into a commercial environment. “I am always looking for new design challenges and anxious to create exciting visual media. While I still enjoy doing an occasional hand drawn sketch or physical design project, I have honed my skills in the Digital World and continue to thrive in this industry.”
Ursula ~ The Write Hand – “Joe has been a great addition to my team. He is able to take our clients’ visions, add his expertise, and magically create exciting logos that our clients are proud to show-off.”