Vicki Gunvalson

Vicki talks about her staff appreciation day.

on Jan 20, 20100

 

Welcome back. I'm still on vacation at my condo in Puerto Vallarta and I'm enjoying every moment of it. My high school girlfriend Jeannie joined me yesterday from Chicago and I'm enjoying every moment of good quality time together with lots of laughs.

I turned down the invitation to go to Gretchen's Tupperware party for many reasons, but most of all due to my work schedule and conflicts. I was also not comfortable seeing Slade if he happened to be there. I would rather avoid any conflict or confrontation with him, as he's not worth my time or energy. Can you say "negative energy"?

None of my other castmembers have ever been to Coto Insurance's office so they have NO IDEA the responsibilities I have at my office. Between servicing new clients with retirement planning, life insurance selling, managing and motivating 10 employees full time and over 700 agents in the field it's more than a full time job. Their world is completely different than mine and I am 100% happy living in my world. Every day I wake I up and go to my office, I am making a difference in someone else's life and that is my motivation to do what I do, versus going to for instance a daytime/early evening Tupperware party.

I was really excited to award my staff with our first "Coto Beauty Day." I have the best staff in the world, they love me and respect me and I wanted to show my gratitude to them for their hard work and dedication. I hired Erin from OC Mobile Tan and Dr. Habermeil from Habermeil Aesthetics in Newport Beach to do the Botox. Everyone really loved it and even David obtained his first botox treatment (even though I didn't think he needed it). I have surprised my staff also in having a limo show up at the office and say "It's a Coto Field trip day - let's go to LA" and we all head to the city for lunch and a show. It's so much to fun to get to know everyone on a personal level versus just the "work mode" and I think that is one of the keys to our success. On boss's day this year, I had received amazing cards and flowers and candles in my office from my staff saying even though I’m tough at times, and I push them to be the best that they can be, that they appreciate me and LOVE working for Coto Insurance. That is the greatest gift I can receive is gratification from all of them. Our motto at our office is: We work hard, and we play hard! Do I hear a "woo hoo"??

 

179 comments
jANIECE ADAMS
jANIECE ADAMS

Vicki you are the best characters on housewives of O.C. Eveerytime that damn gretchan & Slade are worthlesspieces of crap. She used that old man from the first season who passed away. He bought her anything she wanted and of course he bought it all for her. I wish someone would kick the crap out of that damned Slade and then fire them both from the program. It would improve the show alot. they are not the drawing card by any means Hope your daughter is fine. Hope she doesnot have to go through to much pain.

Ladyrider
Ladyrider

Vicky I to own my own business, And I try to make sure o do things every 3 months for everyone, You realize you get much more work dont this way. and much happier employees. But I have also klearned to never be friendsy with my employees, It isnt that I do not care for them, They are all great. But works is work, and as always never lend a friend money or end up loosing that friendship

Young Professional
Young Professional

Vicki, I think you are the most amazing "housewife" and overall an incredible role model for all women. I don't know if you'll ever read this, but your work ethic has kept me motivated through this tough economy. I'm a young professional who is not a fan of their job, but I continue to push through because I know you have to stick through the tough times in order to build a career. You have built an honest career from the bottom and represent the strong, indepedent woman that I admire. I respect you so much and I've never even met you. It's disappointing that anyone would look down upon a strong-minded, independent woman and talk poorly about the healthy marriage that you and Don have. Thank you for being an inspiration to a young woman and professional as myself. Cheers to you!

Heather Sammon
Heather Sammon

Vicki, I started watching the show when it first aired. I have grown to like you the most. You exude hard work and more strength than any of the other women on the show. Your children seem very nice,hard working and your a good mother and wife. Don is lucky and I appreciate your relationship. Keep up the good work and you've inspired me to get life insurance. Woooo Hoooo!

Cla
Cla

Vicki, i love the fact that you have become who you have i enjoy seeing you being happy and the fact that you and Donn are doing great. You have become great although i loved you before anyway. You tell how it is and have no time for drama. You get em and I wish you the best.

Bootheel Chick
Bootheel Chick

I must say I thought what you did with Don on renewing your vows was a huge turn around on your attitude toward him since past seasons. He seems like a wonderful guy that most women would love to have in their lives and it seems as if you have finally realized that and I am glad.

Michelle Jones
Michelle Jones

Vicky, You are absolutely amazing!! Very motivating even through the TV. I am from Little Rock, AR and I am looking for a job that has that push that you offer your employees. Not that I am not self motivating but you really seem like your company is great to work for. Great job being an independant STRONG business woman!!!! Thanks, Michelle

nicole pelletier
nicole pelletier

hello i watch yall when ever i get a chance,,,i would do n e thing in the world to have a pretty smile like you do,,im currently looking for a job wish u lived closer would love to be your housekeeper or n e house help u r awesome and a beautiful woman you r probally to busy to email me back but have a great life nicole wish i was half as beautiful as u r

Viewer 28998202387
Viewer 28998202387

Vicki, I love, love, love you. Please help me to become as sucessful as you!

R. Andrew
R. Andrew

Vicki! I have to say that I LOVE you on The Real Housewives! However, I feel that you are not a "housewife". You are such an amazing career woman! I believe in working hard like you do and I love that you treated your staff. That is so great for morale! I am a college student working on my Masters and hopefully go on for my doctorate. I am 23 years old and people think I am crazy for working so hard. If you want that amazing life you have to make it happen, right? I love your relationship with Don now! My friend and I teared up when you renewed your vows! We watch the show religiously! Keep doing your thing Vicki! It is obviously working!

God Bless, Robin A.

Mary Beth
Mary Beth

Hi Ms. G;

I noticed on the last episode that your son's lips appeared to have a bluish cast. Get his heart checked.

mary beth

janbrn1958
janbrn1958

Vickie, you are so lucky to have Donn!! He seems so genuine and self assured. He was the only one that didn't ruin the Florida trip. And Alexis' husband, Jim, has got to go!! Talk about controlling!! I loved the financial presentation that you did for your staff. Wish someone had done that for me when I was their age!! So glad that Brianna became a nurse. Bet she's a good one!! She seems so compassionate. I am a nurse also, so I know what it takes!! Keep up the good work, you are an inspiration to all of us working women!!

NS
NS

Hi Vicki,

I am really impressed how your relationship has changed with Don. It really shows viewers that when times get tough you don't have to immediatly turn to divorce. It makes me happy that there are still couples out there that still put effort into their relationship! Thank you!

Joyc
Joyc

Hi Vicki,

Loved your date night with Don! It's really awesome to see you getting along so well and doing things together. Hope you are still doing good and your relationship is growing stronger and your having FUN together. It look good on you and him!!

Thanks for showing your tender loving side.

Joy

Lori13
Lori13

Vicky, I'm so proud of you. You have really turned your attitude around since last season and it really looks good on you girl. You and Don look so sweet together now. xo

StudenfOfLaw
StudenfOfLaw

Vicki,

I just wanted to commend you on your relationship with your husband, and to thank you both for providing such a healthy, positive example for millions of young women each week. Every couple goes through rough times, but the genuine respect you and Don have for each other is inspiring. It is such a relief to witness such a mutually-beneficial relationship, with both partners putting the other first, especially after watching scenes of the more one-sided, domineering marriages. Poor Alexis honestly seems to think that a good marriage is one where the wife routinely and reflexively submits to the whims of her husband.

You and Don truly deserve each other, in the best sense of the phrase. Please continue providing such a positive example for young couples, young men and women alike.

OC Fan
OC Fan

Vicki,

I just totally LOVE U - u are the REALEST one on the show - u are the main reason I watch this show!!!!!!! I r so REAL & I LOVE that u are such a dependant woman & bring in income to your home like all of us working mothers/wives! Keep doing what u r doing girl!!! I just LOVE U & DON as a couple!!!!!!!!!!!! He adores u as u do him!!!! :) Perfect couple!!!!!!! Luv ya girl!!! :)

McKenzy
McKenzy

Vicki, I think that you are just awesome. In my opnion, you and Donn have the best realtionship on the show. I think your are a great boss! You seem to really care about your employees and appreciate them. You go girl!!

Melicious
Melicious

Vicki, I commend you attitude and life changes this season, you have slowly became a fav of the housewives. It's nearly impossible to stay 100% out of the drama but your continued efforts are worthy. Keep it up, I enjoy your portions of the show now.

Christel
Christel

I am so glad you have recommitted to Don. He seems to love you very much. Last season, I was worried you were going to do something terribly wrong and let him go. You can see in his eyes how much he cares. I wish you the best.

dcnative
dcnative

That was nice of you to treat your staff.

Lisa S Gullatt
Lisa S Gullatt

I love you Vicki!!!!!!!!!!! You are a very strong women and you stand your ground!!! Everybody has faults, even the viewers. At least you see them and try to do something about it. No one is perfect but GOD! Keep doing what your doing because you encourage me to be a strong and independent woman!

Marriage is all about survival and you have survived!!!!

Oh, just to everybody know I am a mother of four and a wife. So I know what I'm talking about!

tammey
tammey

Vicki I truely think u r a very strong women. What u did for Don was awsome, it's about time!!! yall belong 2gether. He is such a sweet heart!!!

Lanee
Lanee

Vicki I have always liked you. You are straight-to-th-point, hard working, focused and honest. I like that. There is no doubt that you have made some mistakes (as we all have), but you suprising Donn with this trip and wedding was great to see. Stay strong and many blessings.

Lanee

kanorhar
kanorhar

Hi Vicki - I know you get a lot of comments but after this season I felt the need to also make one. The first season I thought you were mean and sometimes rude. But now, wow am I fan. You really showed the personal side of you. I wish I could have been a part of the show in Florida when they were saying you didn't have a good marriage. You are the only one that does and truely have a good marriage. In all the years I have never seen you be jealous of anyone so by no means would you be jealous of Simon and Tamara. And as we know they are now divorcing. You are a great woman that truly has it all. I don't need to say be proud but BE PROUD! Thank you for the look into your life for the last 5 season and being entertaing.

OC dreamer
OC dreamer

What happened to Michael's girlfriend?

AshleyFBaskin
AshleyFBaskin

At first I was skeptical about you Vicki. I thought, she seems cool and then you turned into the Mean Girl then you didnt seem to treat your husband kindly but I feel that you have come full circle and have truly evolved into a woman, a mother, a wife, a boss to admire. I think its wonderful that you run your own business and work...you arent just a face or name, you are out there in the trenches working which I think is wonderful. I wish you continued success with your business and congratulations to you and your husband on renewing your vows and taking time to make your marriage work. And by the way, why the other young ladies have no idea wht it means to have a Girls Only outting totally blows my mind. I am infatutated with my husband but I need me time and girl time as does he needs guy time and we are more than happy to provide each other with such space. You can call me the next time you want to head to Fl and spead some time at the Spa or shop or relax.

Cali
Cali

Vicki, I really admire you because you are the only housewife who seems to stay out of drama. You are there for your husband, children, co-workers and true friends. I was shocked to hear that Simon said your marriage to Donn is "not normal". I could never be married to someone who controls my every move and there's not reason anyone should. The only reason a spouse would be so controlling, is if they are not confident and are jealous. Congradulations on renewing your vows and I am excited to see what else you will do during the upcoming episodes. ---Cali---

Christy86
Christy86

I think I like you, but then you make comments that are so silly. Who cares if they want to have a Tupperware party? It's what they want to do, so let them do it and don't act like you are above them b/c of it. Geez louise!

az dragonfly
az dragonfly

Vicki, I want you to know that seeing you and Don working for the greater part of your marriage is awsome. I cried when you renewed your vows it was awsome. You have done a 180 turn around. You also show women today that success is what you make of it and I see that you work like a mad women but, because you do you are able to have the things in life that are important. As far as a housewife is, you show that you are 100% strong, caring and an awsome BOSS. They are lucky to have you. Hard work come with its rewards. as you say WAAA HOOOO!!

Miss Independent
Miss Independent

You are the only reason i watch the show cause i relate to u in so many ways!!!!! I am 31 and have owned my Aveda Concept Salon for 11 years now.Just when i thought i was cursed with being way to independent i started watching this show.I do not have to depend on a man and i can be who i wanna be everyday of my life! I forbid to be controlled and i guess that's why i am still single.lol.All of my girlfriends men do not like me because i have not settled for some a**hole that wants to tell me when and where i can go.I was fuming when i seen the way they did u on girls weekend.You had every right to stay in the room. I would have taken advantage of the mini bar before i would have ended up like Lynn....THIRD WHEEL!!! Much love for ya Vicki.

debra2423
debra2423

Dear Vicki, I want to say, that I think you are truely amazing. You've changed so much, and it really shows...and I don't mean boobs and botox..haha Your inner beauty has redeemed itself and you are simply elegant! The look of contintment is all around you. May your dignity and prestige rise above all. Sincerly, Debra

BW
BW

Vicki I couldn't stand you last season but girl you have come around to the right side of happy. You have definitely realized the importance of your marriage, your husband and your children. You didn't treat Don so well in the past (at least that's the way it appeared on the show). But, you have calmed yourself and gone within to get back to who you really are. You have a great work ethic and you are wonderful with your family. Don's tears let you know how much you mean to him. He has stood by you through some rough times and you have gotten back to him and your love for him. What you did for Don on your anniversary was wonderful. You gave such a great treat to your staff as well. Keep it up girl.

AprilG
AprilG

You're still growing on my like a thorn in my side. However I will give you props where they are due. I love your strength as an independent successful woman. It's your personality that strikes a nerve with me.

diona
diona

vicki im soooo proud of you .you dont seem to be so controling this season even though i like your sprit to get what you want.

Viewerreginae
Viewerreginae

Hi Vicky, I have to say this season has been very boring for me to watch except for your part. I thought your wedding renewal was a beautiful event and very touching. Frankly I can't wait for the show to end this season. But keep the love alive with Don and best wishes to both of you and your family. I also want you to know I have life insurance.

Karen Blaney
Karen Blaney

I think you are wonderful and caring probably one of my three favorite of all the shows. I think your creativity is contagious and very motivational.

Your daughter is so put together with her career as well. Your son seems to be a typical boy to me as I have two teenage sons too.

I think your house is beautiful!

My question is how much outside assistance do you obtain? A housekeeper, chef and a gardner? A personal shopper? My days are so hectic and I need to invest in one aspect not sure which one?

Tatyana
Tatyana

Dear Vicki, I watch your show mostly because I live in OC too. I want to thank you for being smart, sexy, strong working women. I admire you, I share same values (although I'm a housewife, not yet working). I am so proud of you watching your kids doing well and your business growing. Thank you for being so real.

Nikki from Cincy
Nikki from Cincy

Your husband Don seems so sweet and supportive, yet very manly and confident. What a great set of qualities in a life partner. I hope things are continuing to go well for both of you.

nurseTrisha
nurseTrisha

I just wanted to let you know I have a great respect for you (as a wife and mother) but mostly as a working woman. I have never understood the female mentality of wanting to be "taken care of". You have alot to be proud of. Out of all the Housewife shows (NY, Atlanta, NJ, OC) you are the one I have the most respect for. You hope your business is extremely prosperous. And by the way,,, your house is beautiful!

Hildegarde Withers
Hildegarde Withers

I think your employees would be much happier with a cash bonus! Let THEM decide what to do with it.

DA_DOC
DA_DOC

Vicki,

You are the hottest housewife!!!!!!!

Green Eyes
Green Eyes

Vicki, you remind me so much of my mom and I

I think you are great. I work for a Lady (ob/gyn) who also thinks that girl time is important and so is rewarding your employees. Evey year and half or so she treats us to a four day cruise Just her and the girls no boys allowed. We are all married and our husbands never seem to mind. They actually encourage us to go. I find it a little weird that women "cant" travel without their man. Alexis is still a newlywed wait till she is married for a decade. I am a work a holic too ( I do all the insurance and patient billing for 7 providers) and hope for a marriage that is as strong as yours. WOO HOO!

SidsMom
SidsMom

Hey, Vicki! We all understand that you are very busy. However, it's getting a little repetitive. Maybe if you don't have the time to attend a lot of the events the girls invite you to, you shouldn't be on the show. Seems like they all make an effort to come to your events. It's starting to look rude...busy or not!

Erin S.
Erin S.

Hi Vicki!

I really admire you and your drive! You have been a real inspiration to me. You are so different from the other cast members in that you built your empire from the ground up with hard work and self-motivation. You are not relying on anyone to help you through life and that's how I want to be!! You are my favorite person on the show and a really great example. We all are responsible for our own happiness/success/well being and we shouldn't depend on anyone else to get us where we want to be. You are AWESOME!!! I want to be just like you LOL!!!

Tarry
Tarry

Vicki, You truly are a role model for woman today. I am in my forties and have gone back school to finish my education. You inspire me and also show young woman they don't need to marry a rich guy to get ahead in life. You stand above that bunch in Orange County. My favorite line was when you said "What are you doing all day, go to work." A Fan Tarry

dee1ladylove
dee1ladylove

Vikki, What u did for your hubby was so sweet, you really did it and he looks like such a nice guy. Best wishes!!!

Firedragon
Firedragon

Vicki...I love the fact that you & Don renewed your values. Congrats! I also like the fact that you seemed to be much more removed from the drama this season & concentrating on things that are more important.

I understand how you feel about Tamara's husband disliking you & having hate in his eyes when looking at you. Remember...that men like that are too insecure to deal with a strong educated woman such as yourself & that you don't let a man or anyone else define you as a person. You are awesome & please don't let men like Simon get too you. Don't waste your brain cells are them,,,they don't deserve free rent in your mind!

Housewife Stan
Housewife Stan

Vicki, you are my absolute favorite wife. You have been from episode #1. I admire the way you've worked your way to the point where you are. I only hope to run a parallel life and obtain that type of success and happiness by the time I am your age. Keep doing what you're doing and being Vicki!!!