Marla Noel's Story
Marla Noel has a long and distinguished business history. Trained as a CPA, Marla began her career as an accountant aiming to run her own firm. She shifted gears and pursued a career in corporate America, working for May Co., Seely Wolf, and finally Fairhaven Memorial Park and Mortuary. She rose to the President’s position.
Marla continued her personal growth with an MBA from Chapman University. She was active with Vistage and Women Presidents’ Organization and learned firsthand how strategic planning could help organizations.
Marla served on many nonprofit boards, including OCARC, the Boys and Girls Club of Central Orange Coast, Alzheimer’s Association, Orange County, Woman Sage, and ICCFA. Marla served as President of the Santa Ana Rotary Club and was responsible for Santa Ana Rotary Club’s involvement in the Interact Club at Saddleback High School, Rebuilding Together, and Corazon de Vida. She joined the Irvine Rotary Club for many years. Marla ran the Fairhaven Board and manages the Board of another private entity.
Marla’s long-range, forward-thinking led to Fairhaven being acquired by a 3-billion dollar company in 2015, creating significant wealth for the owners and key employees of the company. She stayed on after the acquisition closed to ensure a smooth management and employee transition but knew she would need new challenges for the years ahead. Her search for a new direction ended with the establishment of OC Growth Advisors, which serves businesses by helping them improve business focus and institute good general business practices through creative one-on-one sessions with the business owner and key employees. Marla is also a chair for WPO, Women President’s Organization, a peer group for business owners.
Marla’s second-half focus is to help more people enjoy what they’re doing with their lives. She’ll continue her work with OC Growth Advisors and Women President’s Organization. She is enjoying the challenges that come from using her skills and experiences to impact the community.