When you call or come by one of our schools in Mount Juliet or Lebanon, TN, you will most likely be greeted with a very enthusiastic smile and hello from our Office Administrator, Rena Conley.
Rena has been helping parents and students embark on their Martial Arts journey for several years. Whether you are just beginning, or are an already trained martial artist, she will help you navigate the process. Rena has plenty of experience in just about every aspect of the dojo and can answer any question, or calm any concern you may have.
Rena, and her husband, Roger, have lived in Mount Juliet since 2004. Rena previously had a successful career in publishing. She was the Assistant to the Vice-President, of Sales and Marketing, for Rutledge Hill Press, best known for their wildly popular, “Life’s Little Instruction Book,” gift book series. Her position, at Rutledge Hill, required traveling the country, from New York to California, to promote sales in the gift market industry while managing 120 commissioned sales representatives in the field. Her favorite part was working the trade shows and meeting people from all over the world.
Rena left publishing in order to give her two children an education that she and Roger felt could best be provided by their own efforts in homeschooling. She taught them from elementary school, through high school. It would appear that she, again, was a success, leaving them well prepared with a solid foundation, for their post-graduate lives. Her daughter is pursuing a career in the hospitality industry, and her son is now a senior, at Cumberland University, where he is pursuing a degree in Anthropology.
Rena has also seen the dojo from the other side of the desk. As a parent, Rena brought her two children twice a week for years, shuffling them to tournaments, and traveling to various Demo Team performances, around the Middle Tennessee area. Not to be left out, and after spending many years in the dojo, and with a husband holding a second degree black belt, and both children attaining the rank of first degree, Rena decided it was her turn to train. Training was harder than she thought, especially since she was not naturally athletic. Rena says, “it may have taken me longer than most, but I’m thrilled I never gave up. Being able to say I earned my black belt is one of the things I am most proud of.”
Currently, Rena is training to earn her second degree, and her family still participates, when they can. Her love for the dojo is obvious, in her work, and we are honored to have her as a member of our dojo family.