Vice President of Sales & Marketing, Stock Development
When she was six years old, Claudine Léger-Wetzel’s father passed away, leaving her mother to raise 10 children by herself. The example her loving mom set provided iron-tough inspiration for Léger-Wetzel. “We all grew up and never got on food stamps. We never knew we were poor. She just instilled confidence in all of her kids,” she says. Now a mom of three, Léger-Wetzel is also a successful businesswoman with Stock Development, where in addition to overseeing sales and marketing, she manages the company’s charitable initiatives. She has also served as chair of the Education Foundation of Collier County, earning its Glass Slipper award. Last year, while working with Builders Care on a project in which Stock built a house for a family in need, she recalled her own childhood after her father died. “I remember knowing it was going to be a terrible Christmas. Then people started ringing the doorbell and bringing toys,” says Léger-Wetzel. “As a child, it resonated. So for this home project, I went to friends and business contacts, and we were able to design each room and have a basket for each kid personal to them.” Other charities she has worked with include the Boys & Girls Club, the Immokalee Toy Drive, PACE Center for Girls and Hope Clubhouse.
Style essentials: Classic black skirts and pants, and pearls that can dress up or down.
Her inspiration: My sister Dianne had a diving accident at the age of 14 that left her a paraplegic. She went on to marry and have four children (three of them triplets) and a successful career. To live one day in her life motivates me to appreciate everything I have and never complain about the little things.
Sweetest part of success: Working with the best people in the business at Stock Development. The reason I am motivated to do as much as I do inside and outside the company is because I work for the greatest group of people.
Hidden talent: I like to cook. My niece is getting married in a couple of weeks and she created these bags for which I get to make “Aunt Claudine’s famous cookies,” and that is her little giveaway.
Fashion musts: One of my most prized possessions is a set of pearls my father gave my mother in 1953.
Photography by Roland Scarpa
Hair and makeup by Philip Douglas
Styled by Ashleigh Schufeldt, Saks Fifth Avenue, Naples