Amber Thornton

Amber Thornton is office manager of Culligan Water of Yuma, but she wears “a lot of hats” besides those implied by the job title.

“My day-to-day tasks include being a first customer service contact for our customers, handling marketing and networking in our community and day-to-day administrative duties.”

In all, she’s worked 18 years for the family business.

“Water is life’s essential liquid,” she said. “Having grown up with my father as ‘The Culligan Man,’ I take pride in being able to solve our customers water issues with a quality Culligan treatment solutions.”

The business recently marked its 25th anniversary, she said.“I look forward to growing Culligan Water of Yuma as the premier water treatment provider in Yuma for the next 25 years. In addition, I will continue working to support other businesswomen and helping the next generation of young woman grow in confidence, leadership, and encourage them to give back to others in the community.”

She added: “I am very honored to be a nominee for the Rising Star award, since this is my last year to qualify as ‘under 40.’ I love our Yuma community and even though I was not born here, I have chosen this as the home where I have raised my family.”

What is your most memorable professional moment?

I was very blessed to have been nominated for both the Athena Award and the Small Business Person of the Year.

What is your favorite quote?

“Nevertheless, she persisted.”

What advice do you have for other young professionals?

To surround yourself with other like minded individuals that have similar goals. Support others around you and acknowledge their success. Don’t try to conform to what you think people want, because being authentic is vital to success.

If you could describe yourself as an animal, what animal would you be?

I always say that I would want to be a dolphin. They are one of the smartest animals, and I think they look like they are always smiling. They are also pod animals and work as a team to accomplish tasks.

If you could hang out with any celebrity, who would it be and why?

One current celebrity that I would like to meet and hangout with is Reese Witherspoon. Not only is she a talented actress that takes on a variety of different roles, she is also a businesswoman, philanthropist and mother.


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