Business woman features in US mag
WHITSUNDAY business woman, Suzanne Haddon, has been featured in an article on Americans living overseas in a US lifestyle magazine.
A writer for Sunset Magazine contacted Enterprise Whitsunday looking for someone to feature in their story on relocating overseas. Suzanne was recommended as she moved to Australia in 2009 and has been living and working in Airlie Beach since then.
She is an artist and designer and has her own business and studio called Rooland.
Suzanne tells the story of how she met her Australian husband, Wayne, in the United States back in 2004 and came to Australia for a three month visit before she moved permanently.
Suzanne moved her design business across the world, keeping old clients in America and gaining new ones in Australia.
Since moving to Airlie Beach she has completed work for local businesses including the Whitsunday Sailing Club, Grays Timber, Trusses and Frames, Coconol, Cherrie Baby and Telltale Communications.
Before her move, Suzanne was Senior Design Director at Starbucks Coffee Company directing the "in-store experience" and in store packaging.
The article delves into how hard it was to move countries, the differences in cultures and the differences in her life before and now. Besides missing the design and art communities of Seattle and San Fransisco, Suzanne said she was very inspired by her surrounds. She said "Airlie lets me be more creative as an artist and a designer".
"Airlie Beach is a sleepy town, with very friendly people and a casual atmosphere," she said.
"I had been living in Seattle, which is a great place but you tend to spend most of your time indoors until the summer comes.
"What I love about Airlie is you can go sailing at 3.30 in the afternoon, do a fun race and be home for dinner at 6:30."
Sunset Magazine, a lifestyle publication based on the West Coast of America, sent a photographer from Sydney to take shots of Suzanne loving her new life in Australia.