Today we’d like to introduce you to Maria Allison.
Hi Maria, so excited to have you on the platform. So, before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today?
I am the 3rd of 7 children 4 sisters and 2 brothers. I grew up in Baltimore with little money but big dreams. If you can dream you definitely can achieve. I have 2 daughters and 7 grandkids.
When I was growing up, I had 3 career paths, I wanted to be a Police Officer (Officer Friendly), a Chef, and a Lawyer. Well, I have completed 2 of those occupations. I joined the Baltimore City Police Officer after graduation in July 27, 1987, and retired with honors in 2010, but before I retired I, graduated from Culinary School -my second love in 2009 (Baltimore International College). I have not embarked on the last one becoming a Lawyer. I also graduated from Baltimore Women’s Entrepreneurs of Baltimore in 2003 which lead me to starting my own catering business “Ria” subsequently leading me to buy a Food Truck in 2010. I’ve had my food truck for 12 yrs. now and when I first put it on the road, I had to return to work and become a parent again. Family circumstance led me to take care of my grandkids. That path was not expected but led me to now. I’m currently a Baltimore City Deputy Sheriffs with hopes of retiring again in 2yrs. I still have my food truck which I have made some changes and will be taking it out on the road again. 2022 is going to be my year that all of my hard work will pay off. I’m completing all of my task and currently is working on my Non-Profit for my grandkids.
Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall, and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
It has not been a smooth road. I was faced with many obstacles through it all it’s a learning process. Trial and error, you have to see how it works for you. Starting a new business is a lot of work.
Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I’m a Retired Baltimore City Detective, Chef, and now a Baltimore City Sheriff.
Is there any advice you’d like to share with our readers who might just be starting out?
It’s going to be a challenge but don’t give up. If it’s your dream, then follow it.