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Candy Wilkes-Scheper is the founder and owner of afterthemove.
Wilkes-Scheper started her company because she found the relocation process was missing a key service, one that focuses on the family and their needs during the move. Providing services to address the physical and emotional transition is key to a successful move for new employees and their families.
She graduated from Michigan State University with a degree in international relations, worked in the travel industry for 12 years and was a proud stay-at-home mom for many years.
Biggest career break?
I was fortunate to be the president of the Americans in Alsace organization while living in Strasbourg, France. This not only provided me with connections to the international community and our consulate, but also highlighted the lack of services available to recently relocated families. This became my inspiration for starting afterthemove.
That would be every day, as I watch my kids become the wonderful adults that they are!
Best advice you’ve ever received?
Whatever you do, do it with your heart.
How did you make your first dollar?
Working at McDonald's in high school
My family. If I have to pick an actual item, I would say our photos.
I am doing it! Meeting and working with individuals and families from all over the world.
If you were president for a day, you would … ?
I would work to improve immigration policies. We are a country of immigrants, and we need to value that history by continuing to be inclusive and accepting of all.
Last book you read?
“Educated” by Tara Westover
Last search term you googled?
How to change from generator back to main power in the home
Your worst habit?
Snacking on dark chocolate almonds
To unwind, you like to … ?
Go for long walks, read and spend time with friends
Australia — but really almost anywhere in the world. I love to travel and see new places.
It depends on the time of year. Now, with the cold weather, I would say Italian.
Person you most admire?
My parents. I think they are and always have been really great role models for my brothers and myself. Actually, for the whole family: grandkids, great-grandkids, etc.