The story of Commissioner Beth Sciaretta is nothing short of the embodiment of the American dream.
Though she started before arriving in Deerfield 15 years ago, Sciaretta has built a successful business (Sciaretta Enterprises), raised the status of females in the DYBA and married the man of her dreams.
The business began before she moved to the Village. She was living in Gurnee, raising her children and trying to survive financially.
“I started cleaning offices,” Sciaretta said. “I was a single parent. It was a challenge but I had to earn a living. Now we have more than 30 employees. We do anything that has to do with maintaining a property.”
Maintaining a property includes complete remodeling. SE or Sciaretta Enterprises is scheduled to open in the early summer.
One of the reasons for her success may be her lack of fear to do any task necessary to help the company succeed. “I’m out there plowing,” she said of the business’s snow removal efforts. “He (husband Sam Sciaretta) taught me how to plow.”
As a community, Sciaretta knew about Deerfield and one of its long established restaurants, , most of her life. Her grandparents lived in Bannockburn. One night she went into the restaurant for dinner.
“That’s how I met my husband,” Sciaretta said. “He waited on us.” The Sciaretta family owns the Deerfield institution. Eventually Sam Sciaretta left the restaurant business and joined Beth as SE grew stronger and stronger.
About 10 years ago, Sciaretta was approached to coach softball in the DYBA. “At that time it was fathers coaching daughters,” she said. “I said I would but had to have other women coaches.” She recruited Debbie O’Connell and Sally Wyman. “We were the female trio.”
She went from coaching to being a league president and eventually to the position of commissioner. Though she originally started coaching to get to know more people in Deerfield, it has become a mission with the players.
“It can be such a positive experience being on a team,” Sciaretta said. “You learn valuable lessons. My business is a team. There’s a big difference between saying ‘you did it wrong’ or ‘good try, but next time do this.’” She puts the players self esteem above all else.
Besides family, DYBA and business, Sciaretta has become passionate about Deerfield. “This is where I feel like I’m home,” she said. “There is a sense of community. This is where people come back when it’s time to raise their kids.”