Rosemary Jean Jacovitch Brabec

Title: Retail Executive, Community Leader
Company: Rosemary’s Quilts & Baskets
Location: Braham, Minnesota, United states 

Rosemary Jean Jacovitch Brabec, Retail Executive, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Executives for dedication, achievements, and leadership in quilting.

When asked to give professional advice on how to find success, Mrs. Brabec is quick to encourage others to first find their passion. She has spent her career pursuing her own interests and in turn has met with accomplishments and gratification over the last four decades. Her first professional endeavor included working as a teacher of adult art classes in her community. Teaching, she says, is something she always wanted to do since she was a child. After six years in this capacity, Mrs. Brabec opened her retail store, Rosemary’s Quilts & Baskets. She was inspired to establish her own business becauses her mother was a sewer, embroiderer and crocheter. For Mrs. Brabec, working with her hands and creating something tangible is the most gratifying experience. In her career, she has done a tremendous amount of philanthropic work through her talents as a quilter. She served as a collection and distribution agency for hundreds of quilts for babies born with AIDS through Minnesota Quilters Inc., as well as collected baby quilts for Russian orphanages. Mrs. Brabec sponsored a quilt discovery day for east central Minnesota as part of the Minnesota Quilters’ quilt history project. Additionally, she founded the Hands-All-Around Quilters group, and served as an annual quilt show chairman.

Outside of her professional work, Mrs. Brabec is known in her local community for her considerable efforts in civic endeavors. She is most proud of the work that she has done for the Braham Pie Day, an annual celebration that attracts people from all over to the area to their town for a day. Over the last three decades, she has had tremendous involvement in the planning and execution of the merriment. In the 1990s, she was a member of the Braham Pie Day Committee. From 2005 to 2015, she was the chairman of the board for the committee. Mrs. Brabec has also been very involved through her park board service, for which she was honored with a plaque by the City of Braham. Her noteworthy work in this area includes coordinating the design and funding of the lighted sign in Freedom Park, and leading the Park Board in purchasing four acres of land to be used for a community center. In addition Mrs. Brabec organized and wrote a grant for a multi generation tree-planting project for Freedom Park in 2004 and developed Northwest Park, which included a skateboard park and playground. As she looks ahead to the future, Mrs. Brabec intends to continue in her community involvement while seeking new opportunities to give back.

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