The Whatcom Women in Business named Carolyn Saletto, owner of Gym Star sports Center in Ferndale, the 2014 Professional Woman of the Year.
Saletto and her husband opened Gym Star Sports in 2005. In 2006, they added Shooting Stars Preschool to the gym. The gym has programs for children of all ages ranging from gymnastics and trampoline to parkour. In April 2014, Gym Stars Sports Center moved into its new, custom-built home at 5519 Hovander Road, Suite 109.
Saletto awards scholarships to her preschool to deserving families, and mentors gym members and employees.
From 1993 to 2004, Saletto taught gymnastics in a school bus turned mobile gymnastics facility called the Gym Bus. She traveled around Whatcom and Skagit Counties, teaching classes at preschools, day care facilities, festivals, company picnics and birthday parties.
Saletto went to Sehome High School, where she was a top gymnast, and according to a press release from the Whatcom Women in Business, she can still backflip.
After high school, Saletto attended San Jose State University on an athletic scholarship, and then coached at gymnastics clubs on the East Coast before moving back to Whatcom County.
This year’s Woman of the Year finalists were Christine Jenkins, director of sales and marketing for the Best Western Plus Lakeway Inn; Mary Kay Robinson, real estate broker at Windermere Real Estate; Marisa Papetti, owner of The Crossing Guide Magazine; Paula McCandlis, attorney at Brett Murphy Knapp McCandlis and Brown; Bellingham Mayor Kelli Linville, and Saletto.
The Bellingham Business Journal is a media sponsor for Whatcom Women in Business’ Professional Women of Year awards.