“Want to Do” vs “Have to Do” - The Importance of Finding the Balance
Speaker: Kim Dooley, Owner of Wrigley Center
Date: Wednesday, February 14, 2024
Time: noon to 1:30 p.m.
Location: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, 800 Harker St., Port Huron, MI 48060
Cost: $20 if RSVP by Friday, February 9; $30 after deadline
Wrigley Hall, the 28,000 square foot food and entertainment venue located within the Wrigley Center, opened it’s doors in July of 2023. The plan was driven by a vision and desire to do something good for the community. We wanted to invest close to home, contribute in a way that would help move downtown forward, create something that would help those outside our community see this area the way we see it: Full of opportunity, surrounded by beautiful water, populated with wonderful people who work together and take care of each other. But there’s challenges that come with making a business succeed in a town where your friends are your customers, your employees feel like family, not to mention being your husband’s wife, business partner, and secretary, often all at the same time. I will share some of the highs and lows of the Wrigley project, and the ever-present struggle all women face daily between what we want to do and what we have to do..and the importance of finding the right balance.
Kim was born and raised in Port Huron, Michigan, graduating from Port Huron High School in 1989. After graduation, She attended Central Michigan University, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Interpersonal and Public Communication, with a Business Administration Minor. While in college, Kim was employed as a bar/restaurant manager, and post-graduation went to work for LaBelle Management, a $30 million Hospitality Management Services company in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan. During her eight years with LaBelle Management, she was on the opening team for their first Bennigan’s Restaurant, worked as an executive assistant to the owner/president, as well as human resources, accounting and event planning/management. In 2004, Kim returned to the Port Huron area as a sales representative for Sysco Food Services. She married her husband, Dan, also a Port Huron native and Port Huron High School graduate, in 2005. In 2009, Kim had the opportunity to be a stay-at-home mom with her 2 daughters and 2 step-daughters, which also allowed her to dive into the nonprofit world. She has chaired numerous non-profit events, took on a variety of volunteer roles, most of which were child/student focused. She was on the board of Port Huron Town Hall for 2 years, is currently on the Board of Directors for the Athletic Factory, and Chair of the Port Huron Schools Endowment Fund. Kim’s return to the for-profit sector came in 2022, when she and her husband began developing Wrigley Hall, a 28,00 sq/ft food and entertainment venue located within the Wrigley Center in Downtown Port Huron. The vision belonged to the developer, but the business plan itself was developed by Dan and Kim, and Wrigley Hall opened it’s doors in July of 2023. In that short time Wrigley Hall has hosted over 50 private parties, 3 large non-profit events, a corn hole league, and has weekly live entertainment. Currently, Kim primarily handles events and community relations, though her role is constantly changing and evolving.