Woodlands entrepreneur and The Book The Woodlands Ad Partner Mary Beth Motisi is the essence of hard work and integrity having just been named as one of the top 50-franchise owners in the country.

Mary Beth is the owner of the Online Trading Academy (OTA) Houston, and is a shining example of where sheer determination and strength of character can lead you in the business world, having been selected out of thousands of nominees for the esteemed place in the top 50.

The accolade of ‘Franchise Rockstar’, awarded by the Franchise Business Review, is a valued benchmark of success for Mary Beth. “I was surprised and thrilled as it was totally unexpected,” says Mary Beth on the news of her achievement. “It’s very touching to have received that level of respect from my Franchisor.”

Franchise Business Review analyzed over 27,000 franchisee surveys across more than 300 leading franchise brands. Each entrant is given a score based on business excellence, community engagement, and franchise leadership skills. The top 50 are the best of the best in franchising today. “There are so many fantastic success stories out there; it was painful to narrow our list down to just 50 Rockstar Franchisees,” said Michelle Rowan, President of Franchise Business Review.

OTA is the world leader in financial education for investors looking to build life-changing skills designed to aid investments in the financial and real estate markets. Courses are geared toward individual investors or traders, novice or experienced, who want to learn how to use similar tools and trading techniques as the professional traders on Wall Street.

Students as young as 13 up to 92 years of age, learn under the guidance of experienced traders in an interactive classroom setting with extensive online education resources.

“Being a student at OTA changed my life and I wanted to bring that same opportunity to others,” explains Mary Beth. “The beauty of the markets is that there is an equal opportunity for everyone. I have been a Franchisee for 9 years and every year I am amazed at the innovation put forth by this organization to build on our students’ success and network development.”

In October 2018, Mary Beth was the recipient of the highest honor awarded to an OTA team member, the Above and Beyond Award, which is given to network members who make a major contribution to the entire Online Trading Academy business.

Online Trading Academy Chief Operating Officer, Gene Longobardi, hailed Mary Beth as a credit to their entire system. “I am so proud of Mary Beth and all she and her team have accomplished in Houston”, he said. “She knows her students first-hand because she engages regularly with them to support all of their educational needs. It would be hard to imagine a more deserving candidate for this recognition.”

Yet success has not come without trials for Mary Beth. Her life changed drastically at the young age of 14, when her father suffered a stroke and her parents sold their home for a single-story condominium. Mary Beth was forced to mature quickly and made the decision to move into her own apartment upon graduating high school. She began working as a Manager Trainee at McDonald’s when she was 20 years old, which turned out to be the most valuable education she could have ever received. “I worked really, really, really hard,” says Mary Beth. “College could not have compared to the work experiences, and the specialized education McDonald’s provided.”

In 2000 Mary Beth got involved in the stock market. She suffered a big loss in the beginning, so was eager to learn more when she came across Online Trading Academy. After graduating with much success from the OTA program, the VP of Business Development, Ralph Loberger called her and offered her the opportunity of a lifetime.

“We met for lunch and the next thing I knew, I was moving to Texas from Wisconsin as the new owner of the Houston Franchise,” she says. “Moving across the country by myself was an adjustment and starting a new business without the support of your family and friends by your side was very difficult.”

After her many years of hard work and personal development, Mary Beth shares some of her tips for making your business work.

“Someone once asked me ‘what makes you successful’? My reply was “you need five things – good common sense, a strong work ethic, good people skills, high standards, and a good coach. You have to dig deep, learn and master the skills you need and have love and passion for what you do.”

“I am proud of the community and fellowship we have among our staff, students and network,” says Mary Beth. “I not only received the opportunity to build an amazing business, but I also gained a loving family. I love who we are, what we do, and how we do it.”

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Jennifer Taylor joins the writing team at Interfaith following a career in journalism and public relations. Originally from Scotland, Jennifer moved to the Woodlands in 2012 having lived and worked in Asia for 5 years. She enjoys running, traveling and spending time with her husband and their two boys.



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