Board Interviews

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Meet the Vice President…Laura Shaw

What made you decide to be on the Board?

Becoming a board member was not so much a decision, but an honor to accept Neville’s invitation to join him in leading our chapter. After serving as the
Networking & Events Chair and Sponsorship Chair, I realized that I really enjoy leading those committees and working closely with the board members
during that time. Also, winning professional member of the year last year, really made me feel that all my efforts were appreciated, why not continue to
lead within our organization?!

How will being on the IFMA Board help you achieve your own personal goals?

Being an IFMA leader and now an IFMA board member has given me the confidence and reassurance that I am in the right profession and that I can
continue to learn and grow in FM. I think having confidence in your job and the work you do within an organization naturally transitions to your personal
life. I have made great friends through IFMA and love maintaining those types of relationships and support aids successfully.

What about accomplishments outside of work?

Honestly probably moving to North Carolina by myself 6 years ago. It was the scariest but most exciting and rewarding time for me. I had never lived
more that 45 minutes away from where I grew up and then I up and moved 700 miles away. I took a new role in a new state and had to make new
friends. It changed me as a person and I’m so glad I took the risk. Also, of course, I’m pretty proud of meeting and marrying my wonderful husband
Drew, but I can’t take all the credit for that one!

How important has mentorship been to your career?

Mentorship has been extremely important throughout my career. I have learned through guidance and support, when and how to react in different
scenarios and situations. Whether it was when to be patient, when to push an issue, or when to simply move on. These people have always been great
supporters and allowed me to learn on my own but with subtle guidance so that I could avoid mistakes along the way. I am very grateful for all the people
who have helped me in the 9 years I’ve been in FM. I certainly wouldn’t be where I am now without them and I can only hope that I am able to do the
same for others as I grow in the profession.

What are your really good at?

Cooking for my husband, seems whatever I make, he loves to eat. If only, everyone else in life (especially at work) was that easy to please!
What do you like to do when you are not at work or doing IFMA Stuff?
I love watching sports (PC Basketball, The Red Sox , Phil Mickelson, Peyton Manning and NC State Football!); Having people over and entertaining (minus
the cleaning before and after) and I also love sleeping especially when it’s raining, nothing like curling up on the couch with my husband and kitties and
taking a nap!

What about IFMA makes you passionate about the organization?

I am passionate about IFMA because all of our active members work so hard to better themselves in our field. Also, being a volunteer organization,
seeing how hard our committee members work, makes me very proud to help lead the chapter. IFMA continues to be an industry leader and since I try
to be the best at what I do, it is great belonging to an organization that strives to bring the best in cutting-edge trends to its members both locally and
nationally.

What is your proudest professional accomplishment?

Being promoted to Assistant Facility Manager last spring was definitely the most rewarding professional accomplishment to date. Although I had to
leave the client I had been with for 8+ years, I was able to move into a role that I was excited and prepared for, which was great!

Do you have a professional mentor?

There have been several colleagues throughout my career that I would consider mentors.