Name: Deborah DeLeo
Title/Company: President, TreeFrog Data Solutions, Inc.
Married: 32 years to husband, John DeLeo
Children: Two awesome kids – son, John DeLeo, Jr. (29) and daughter, Jessica Parker (27)
Years in Brevard: 15
Briefly describe your company:
TreeFrog Data Solutions, currently in our fourteenth year of operations, provides medical insurance claim processing, medical record coding and auditing, quality assurance, and healthcare administrative staffing assistance.
As Brevard’s only Inc. 500 company for 2012, to what do you attribute your amazing growth?
Great, dynamic employees and community resources. Due to the recession, the employees we secured were very talented and reliable. As we grew, we reached out to the business community for guidance. There are a lot of talented resources in Brevard County.
What do you love about your job?
I love that I don’t have an average day – every day presents different challenges and learning opportunities. TreeFrog is a revenue maker, recovering money for healthcare costs primarily for the government – Department of Defense and Veterans Administration. I love the people I meet and the clients we serve.
What advice would you share with other entrepreneurs (or potential entrepreneurs)?
Participate, attend as many meetings, classes, educational sessions, and roundtables as possible. Be uncomfortable; if you are uncomfortable you are learning and growing.
What are you listening to on your ipod?
No iPod, but I love to listen to classic rock and dancing to Top 40.
Who do you admire and why?
My parents. They made it easy to travel as kids and helped us to enjoy and take in the wonders of the places we lived and visited. I’m grateful that I was able to pass that gift to my children as we moved every couple of years.
What do you love about living in Brevard County?
The Space Coast. As a child I wanted to be an astronaut and this was the closest I could get. My father and my husband were both in the Air Force. I am extremely fortunate to have lived in remote and various locations all over world. I feel blessed and comforted knowing that Cocoa Beach/Brevard County is my home – especially when I’m driving home from the airport. It’s a beautiful place to live and our community is very resourceful and supportive.
What do you wish you had more time for now?
Travel and hobbies – we really make the most of our vacations. Work hard and play hard. We are getting better at juggling our schedules along with choosing great trips.
What is one thing people would be surprised to learn about you?
Most would be surprised to know that I’m of Hatfield ancestry (of the Hatfields & the McCoys). Mom is a Hatfield. My great, great grandpa was John Wallace “Wallis” Hatfield and his father (my great, great, great grandpa) was Valentine “River Wall” Hatfield.
If you could trade places with any other person for a week (famous or not famous, living or dead, real or fictional) who would it be and why?
Tough question, maybe Clara Barton, the founder of the American Red Cross. I love that she was essentially our nation’s first fundraiser of sorts. Clara sought and obtained donations and supplies from private citizens while resisting government monies so to keep politics out of the process. It must have been a very difficult challenge but very rewarding.