SENSEI KANDIE VACTOR
Martial Arts and Self Defense Instructor
Karen Vactor, also known as Kandie, received her B.S. in Business Administration at the University of Arizona in 1969. Graduating with honors, she majored in Marketing, specializing in Retailing and Advertising.
attending the U of A, Kandie worked at SAM LEVITZ FURNITURE CO., INC. in Tucson
where the warehouse furniture concept first began. Following University graduation,
Kandie married Drew Vactor, her college sweetheart. They moved to New York
City where Drew was a marketing associate for RCA Corporation.
Mrs. Vactor's training in retailing then drew her back to the fledgling national LEVITZ FURNITURE CORPORATION chain, where she assisted in the initial hiring, training and opening of five retail units for LEVITZ FURNITURE in the Washington, D.C. area. She became a Department Manager of decorating and accessories. Returning to Tucson, Arizona in 1974, she opened her own design studio, INTERIORS AND CREATIVE MOODS, specializing in commercial, hotel and apartment design. Building on her background with Levitz Furniture, she became the Vice-President, General Manager, and a member of the Board of Directors of independently owned SAM LEVITZ FURNITURE COMPANY, INC. She had full merchandising, advertising, fiscal and personnel responsibilities. She traveled to nine furniture and appliance markets a year. When Mrs. Vactor took over the business, it was struggling with a new location. Under her auspices, the volume tripled and the business became a successful multi-million dollar corporation. Mrs. Vactor has been listed in Marquis WHO'S WHO IN FINANCE AND INDUSTRY since 1983.
After retiring from the
furniture business, Sensei Vactor has been the owner and Chief Instructor of KoSho
Karate San, a martial arts school. She began her martial arts career after retiring
from retailing at the age of 40. She is a three time National Champion in Forms
and Weapons and has earned a fourth degree Black Belt in four different martial
arts disciplines: Shuri-ryu karate, tae kwondo, kobudo and jujitsu. She has conducted
self-defense seminars nationally and internationally. Certified by the American
Coaching Effectiveness Program, she has taught karate programs at Young Explorers
Schools, the Tucson Jewish Community Center, and Women's Self Defense Courses
for individual businesses and cruise ships. Emphasizing defensive strategies and
personal empowerment tactics, Sensei Vactor has discovered many of these attitudes
transfer directly into business strategies for today.
For more information, write to Sensei Vactor at:
KoSho Karate Pantano, 1116 S. Pantano Rd. at 22nd St, Tucson, AZ 85710
Karate training develops the
attitude in everyone!