Business Name: ImagiNation Learning Center
Member Name: Gina Davis
Business Address: 4421 Newbern Loop, Gainesville VA 20155
Business Phone: 703-754-8566
Business Website: www.imaginationlearning.net
When and why did you decide to join this company?
I joined ImagiNation Learning Center (ILC) in August of 2005 as a classroom teacher, then directed one of ILC centers for 10 years. Most recently I was promoted to director of operations. From the very beginning, I recognized that this organization truly values its employees and the families that it serves. I am so grateful that I can go to work each day knowing that I contribute to creating exceptional learning experiences for young children, developing dedicated teachers, and providing excellent services for working families.
I always wanted to become a leader in education. Throughout my career, ILC has provided me with incredible opportunities for new challenges, professional and personal growth. It’s a beautiful thing when a passion and career come together.
How does your business serve the local community?
We are a nonprofit child care company whose goal is to provide quality child care solutions for children ages six weeks to 12 years of age. We partner and collaborate with other business and organizations who recognize the importance of quality childhood experiences during the first five years.
Please share one of the greatest moments you’ve experienced in your current profession.
The greatest moment I experienced working for ILC was during the rebranding of our company. In 1987 we opened our doors as Westfields Play and Learn. In 2007, we realized we needed a new name and brand that would better communicate our evolved identity and mission. In 2010, I had the amazing opportunity to be part of the creative team that developed the new brand for our company, ImagiNation Learning Center. During that process I realized my passion was growing in a new direction and ILC would continue to further develop my desire for professional growth.
Tell us about your experience with HGBA. How has it supported you in your local business?
HGBA has provided our company the opportunity to quickly and efficiently gain visibility and recognition in the Gainesville community. When we opened our center, we recognized that we needed a place to network, partner with other businesses, and learn about the community around us. When we volunteered to host a monthly member meeting at our center, we were astounded by the tremendous support and enthusiasm we received from the HGBA community. That’s when we learned the success of a small business such as ours truly depends on its partnership with the community.
What are the top three business tips and tricks you can offer other professionals?
- Get involved and partner with your business community.
- Step out of your comfort zone and try networking. It gets easier the more you do it!
- Take all necessary steps to surround yourself with a team of coworkers who have different talents and abilities, so that you can each contribute to the greater good of the company.
Are you from this area? If not, what brought you here and what do you like about our town?
I am originally from the Fairfax/Chantilly area but absolutely love the Haymarket/Gainesville feel. The community is very diverse and welcoming.
What is your favorite season in this area, and why?
My favorite season is spring. I love the transition of winter to spring and how it provides a drastic change to the scenery. There are trees, flowers and plants blooming and it creates a beautiful landscape.
What are some hobbies you enjoy?
I enjoy reading books about professional leadership and personal development. I am consistently seeking to find a balance between my family and career.
What is your favorite restaurant?
El Vaquero West
What is your favorite local high school sports team?
Centreville High School Wildcats
Are you involved with any nonprofits? If so, which one(s) and why?
Smart Beginnings: Greater Prince William, Nonprofit Council of PWCC.
What was your first job, or your most interesting job prior to your current profession?
My first job was an afternoon assistant preschool teacher. I would leave high school and work from 3:00-6:30 and would get to assist in the different classrooms (ages 15 months to before/after school). Little did I know that it was the start of a fulfilling career in early childhood education!