The important things in Terry’s life, her family and her businesses, combine. She owns Eazylift, “… an elevator and stair lift company mainly, but generally, if it lifts, we do it.” Terry said in a recent email. Besides her husband, Joe, who manages the Crossgates Mall Display Center, the oldest daughter, Karlee (20) who attends Saint Rose in Albany for Business Management is the Company’s CFO, and her younger daughter, Kellee (14) who attends Niskayuna High School, works part-time at the Mall location. There is also a satellite office in Binghamton.
After graduation from Granville High School, Terry went on to study business management at North Country Community College. Once out of college, she landed her first job as a manager for Claire’s Boutique in Crossgates Mall.
In addition to Eazylift, Terry also owns K&K Kandies, “… An online candy store which distributes old-fashioned candies all over the world, including the famous ‘peppermint pig’.” Terry named it K&K after her two daughters.
The story of the beginning of K&K Kandies is a study in determination and hard work. “I created my own website, and added new products after the girls went to bed, sometimes until 2 or 3 am. On the ninth day I had my first order for Jelly Bellys and K&K Kandies was born. One day out of my living room, and now, with the help of my sister Patty who manages the candy store, it’s a 4,800-square-foot warehouse shipping thousands of boxes all over the world.”
With several years of business ownership behind her she said “when the opportunity came to purchase Eazylift in 2007, I jumped at the chance. It was a wonderful opportunity to own a company I had been running for 8 years.”
“Joe and I work a lot of hours.” She continued, “We are available and on call basically 24 hours a day, so we make sure we spend quality time with the kids away from the office several times a year. We love the ocean and cruises to the Caribbean (14 so far!). It’s amazing to see so many beautiful places. We also enjoy going to Sacandaga Lake and Lake St. Catherine to boat and jet ski with the kids and family.”
Terry and her family live in Niskayuna. “It was close to the office when I purchased Eazylift in 2007, and it has a good school system.”
Of all the activities Granville High alumni become involved with, Terry’s is very unusual. She and her husband Joe play pool. “In 2006 Joe’s team was short a player, so I filled in. He is the captain and I am the co-captain of a team that plays out of The Golden Cue in Albany. We recently won a local championship tournament to go to Las Vegas to compete in a national team championship.” (Aug. 16 – 25 at the Riviera Hotel and Casino.) Their team plays 8- and 9-ball according to American Pool Association rules.
“High school was awesome!” Terry said. “I played every sport there was. My favorite was softball. I played in Little League, high school and college. As an adult, my love of the game kept me involved. I was an umpire with United Umpires in Schenectady umpiring Little League, ASA Softball, Cal Ripken baseball, and adult recreation leagues. When my daughters were old enough to play, I stopped officiating and coached.
“I continue to support sports teams now that Kellee is in high school by sponsoring softball and baseball teams as well as the Niskayuna ice hockey team.
“My best friend in high school was Alison Kelly Getty. I am thankful that I can keep in touch with her and many of my friends and family through email and Facebook, as I don’t get up to Granville as often as I’d like. It’s wonderful to be able to see their families and milestones online when i can’t be there in person. Many of my brothers and sisters still live in the Granville area.
“Being able to keep in touch with everyone at ‘home’ reminds me of the beautiful town I grew up in, the town I bring my family& friends to show and visit, and the town I still consider my home!”