LARAMIE CHAMBER BUSINESS ALLIANCE
What personal accomplishment are you most proud of?
I am most proud of marrying my best friend and also finding a job that I love. I have been very fortunate and count my blessings each day to spend life with a person that is always my biggest fan and come to a job that I enjoy each day. I started out as the receptionist at Laramie Chamber Business Alliance right out of college and was able to work my way up to the Vice President of Membership. My job has taught me so many things both personally and professionally. I have encounter obstacles I never thought I could overcome. I am grateful for all of the opportunities it has given me.
What is your primary personal development goal/business goal for the next 5 years?
My goals for the next 5 years include being as active as I can in Laramie by serving on boards, community service groups, meeting new people, and continuing my education and leadership skills. I want to give back to Laramie. I think it is important to be active in your community. They are the change makers in each community and help create a prosperous, well rounded community. I have enjoyed working with the Laramie Sunrise Rotary Club, Laramie Soup Kitchen, and Laramie Young Professionals, but would like to increase my participation with other organizations in the community.
What is your biggest philanthropic achievement?
My biggest philanthropic achievement was the creation of Cocktails for a Cause with Laramie Sunrise Rotary Club. I started the event from the ground up with assistance from an amazing committee of six. The event had almost 100 people and was a huge success. We were able to raise over $5,000 to donate to Interfaith Good Samaritan.
The event was a pub walk in Downtown Laramie with nine participating bars/restaurants. Each bar had a signature drink and other food and drink specials. It turned out so well that the club wants it to be our annual fundraiser. Not only is it a fundraiser for a local charity, but it is also a way to get people downtown and learn more about what Laramie has to offer. I am excited to chair the event again next year and make it bigger and better!
What action/event that you've been a part of, that you believe has made the biggest difference in Laramie?Or are you most proud of?
I am lucky to work with an amazing organization that makes a big difference in our community every day. The Laramie Chamber Business Alliance has made huge strives helping local businesses and recruiting companies to Laramie. I have gotten a chance to work with amazing people from all over and make lasting connections.
Laramie has seen a steady growth in the past few years and it is a great feeling to know we were a part of it from HiViz, Tungsten, Bright Agrotech, and the creation of Cirrus Sky Technology Park. We guide the Leadership Laramie class through their two year training program. Each year it is rewarding to see new leaders emerge in our community. We also host the Annual Ag Banquet where we raise over $15,000 to give back to a local UW College of Ag Scholarship and the local 4-H and FFA groups. Each of these has a huge impact in Laramie and I am so proud to be a part of it.
What excites you most about the future of Laramie?
Laramie has some amazing things coming our way. I am most excited to see the right type of growth. We have new businesses constantly emerging in Laramie, our downtown is wonderful, we have the best high school in the state, the people are friendly, and the community cares. We are lucky to live here. We have so many organizations working together to bring a better way of life! Despite everything that is happening with the University, the rest of the community is coming together and will make sure we have an active, vital city. Going forward, I only see positive things for Laramie and the community!
What do you think has helped make you successful in your endeavors?
I think my strong support system has made me successful in my endeavors. I grew up on a ranch in Southeastern Oregon so from a young age my parents taught me a strong work ethic. They were also always encouraging me to try new things and go for anything I wanted while staying true to my ethics. They were great roles models that also showed me that whatever I do it is important to be a honest and good person.
What advice would you give to other young professionals in Laramie?
Don’t let your age hold you back! You can do anything if you put in the hours and have the passion. Do something you love that makes you happy! I strongly to encourage everyone to get involved and meet new people creating strong connections in your community.