Star City 6: Nancy Hopkins
Physicians WEIGHT LOSS Centers (www.pwlclincoln.com) are medically-supervised clinics that employ a holistic approach to healthy lifestyle changes. PWLC provides six expert-designed weight loss and nutrition systems specifically created to help their clients start losing pounds and inches right away, along with offering a variety of supplemental services. Nancy Hopkins is the General Manager of the Lincoln location in Williamsburg Village.
How did you get started in the business? – I started by working in clinical drug studies with human volunteers, helping to meet protocol criteria for safe and effective studies. I began working in the pharmacy area, and later became nationally certified with PTCD (Pharmacy Technician Certification Board). I then went to work for Cardinal Health and further enhanced my career with training in Nuclear Medicine. My son, who owns and operates No Coast Business Advisors and Herbs & More here in Lincoln, asked if I would help him with a new venture focusing on weight loss. He recently decided to move forward and purchase the business, so here I am on my new adventure in helping people reach their health and weight loss goals.
What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced professionally? – Trying to maintain balance between professional and personal while continuing to grow in both areas.
What has been your most important achievement professionally? – That I’ve been able to further my education in areas where I can help people live longer, happier and healthier lives.
Tell us a little about your family. – I have been married for 43 years. My husband Ronald has been working for my son at his previous business, Convergence Cleaning, and is still there. I have two children, Jethro and Cari. Jethro is a very successful entrepreneur and Cari is a successful lab technician at Nebraska Heart Institute. I have two grandchildren; Nathan is 16 and goes to North Star High School, and Hannah is 10 and attends Campbell Elementary. I also have adopted a rescue puppy; she’s a long-hair dachshund who is very timid and shy.
What do you see as one of the biggest turning points in your life? – Deciding to pursue a career alongside my duties as a mother. It’s been very important to me to be a role model for my children by showing them how important it is to never give up, to take charge of their future instead of depending on others to get them where they want to be, to be a leader and not a follower, and if anything, to always keep moving in a forward direction.
What is your favorite thing to do on a day off? – I enjoy working in my yard, but mostly playing with my grandchildren and spending as much time with my family as possible.
What is the most unique or interesting thing about you that most people probably don’t know? – For me, it doesn’t get any better than watching a glorious sunrise in the morning. A great cup of chocolate coffee to enhance the moment doesn’t hurt either!
What are you most proud of? – Without a doubt my two children. To see their courage to take every step in life and explore what it has to offer them, and their success as a result, fills me with pride.
If you could choose any other profession to be successful in, what would it be? – Any profession where I could help children in need.
If you could have dinner with one famous person from the past or present, who would it be? – Elvis Presley.