Founder and CEO
Susan Jacobs, the Founder and CEO, created
Wheels of Success because she knows from
personal experience what it is like not to
have a car. Several years ago, she summoned
the courage to walk out of an abusive relationship
with no car, no job and no place to live.
"I know that I was one of the lucky ones,"
she says. "My mother gave me a gas
card and told me I'd always have gas
once I got a car." Susan was able to
get that car through an acquaintance, at
a Buy Here Pay Here lot. The owner told her
give her the "use of a car until it
She realizes that she was fortunate to
have a car, albeit a "clunker";
a gas card; and most of all, to have a mother
who has always been her role model. Her mother,
Bessie Jacobs, has helped others despite
her own physical handicap. To this day, Bessie,
at 88, still works actively for the City
of Hope in Ft. Lauderdale.
Making Wheels of Success a family affair,
Susan's daughter, Heather Steinfeld,
27, also is actively involved in the organization,
utilizing her human resources background
to advise on employees' needs and transportation-related
problems that arise.
Susan knows that not everyone is as fortunate
as she has been to have family or people
willing to help for no pay. "My dream
is to make Wheels of Success be that 'someone'
for people not as lucky as I was," she
says. "Unfortunate circumstances may
befall any of us, setting us back temporarily.
Wheels of Success can give them the gas to
make it to the next station."
Susan's love of networking and bringing
people together in win/win relationships
has enabled her to get this organization
off the ground, complemented by the efforts
of many others who believe in the vision
of assisting low- to middle-income working
families to gain or keep jobs they might
otherwise lose due to transportation issues.
Susan's idea crystallized in February
2003, and by June 2003, she had incorporated
and appointed a Board of Directors.
Susan's background includes running
a staffing agency and owning and operating
four clothing stores in the area. She also
served on the Board of Directors for Dress
for Success Tampa Bay for four years. Those
business skills have given her a knack for
networking and team building for success.
While running a staffing agency specializing
in the hospitality industry and low-level
clerical positions, Susan realized that you
can dress a person to interview for a job,
help them write a resume, and even find them
a job, but if they cannot get to that job,
both the employee and the employer lose.
Her vision for Wheels of Success was borne
of that frustration.
Susan graduated from the University of Florida
with a double major in Psychology and Sociology.
She was a member of the University of Florida
Hall of Fame, Who's Who in American
Colleges, and Universities and Phi Beta Kappa.
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