Former Olympian Strikes Gold in Tallahassee

By: Lee Gordon
By: Lee Gordon

There aren't many Olympic athletes who turn around and become successful in the business world. But then again, there aren't many people like Carrie Englert Zimmerman. It seems that everything she touches turns to Olympic gold, and that includes one of the most successful media firms in the Southeast.

They say success breeds happiness, and with that said, you may never find anyone happier than Carrie Englert Zimmerman.

As the co-founder and President of the Zimmerman Group in Tallahassee, Carrie brings a unique approach to business. Her Z-DNA and WOW mantra came from from hard work...Hard work she learned from growing up in Tallahassee.

"We could have lived anywhere. I was born and raised in Tallahassee," said Zimmerman, "My grandfather was mayor and my dad taught football at Leon. It was important to us, important for our kids to be around family."

Carrie and her husband started the business when they were 29 and now have around 170 employees and 165 million a year in billing. And 23 years later, their business has far exceeded their expectations.

"Isn't it all about the journey."

Carrie's true journey began 35 years ago. If her name sounds familiar, well, it should. Carrie Englert became the first American gymnast to ever score a perfect 10.

"I think the foundation the Olympians brings regardless of athletics is something everyone should use. The way they look at competition the way they have this great focus."

And focus is what Carrie Englert Zimmerman is all about---don't let the bouncy balls fool you, or the Beer cart Friday's that the agency is known for. This Tallahassee woman is all business and her positive outlook on life is infectious.

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  • by Bill Location: Tallahassee on Mar 6, 2010 at 08:55 AM
    $165 Million in revenue and you don't produce the first tangible thing. It's amazing how some of the most profitable businesses in this country don't actually make anything.
  • by Donna Location: Monticello on Mar 4, 2010 at 12:33 PM
    Carrie, you are amazing!! I loved the video of the gymnastics in Montreal!! My daughter loves working with you and your agency!
  • by Bob Location: Tallahassee on Mar 4, 2010 at 08:28 AM
    Great article...Carrie, you are a true inspriation!
  • by Carol Location: Tallahassee on Mar 4, 2010 at 07:03 AM
    Yay Carrie! Yay Zimmerman Agency!
  • by Ravyn Location: THE ZIMMERMAN AGENCY! on Mar 4, 2010 at 05:53 AM
    WOW for the Z! Proud to be a part of it!
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