Mandy Palmer

Laramie Plains Federal Credit Union

What personal accomplishment are you most proud of?

I am proud that I have the ability to balance a family life, being a mother of three amazing children, with a full-time career and opportunities for community involvement. I am proud of the relationships I have built both personally and professionally, and the support I have from those partners to support my endeavors. I am fortunate to work for an organization that encourages community involvement and an industry that is based on the founding principles of “People Helping People.” I am proud that my career allows me to experience personal fulfillment from focusing on others’ needs by helping them with their own financial wellness on a day-to-day basis, as well as having a sense of accomplishment from the volunteer opportunities through the community.

What is your primary personal development goal/business goal for the next 5 years?

I am honored to continue in the footsteps of the great leaders before me. I am proud of how far I have come in my own career, from starting out as Member Service Representative and working my way through several positions to become a Branch Manager. However, I do not plan on stopping there! In the next five years I plan to expand my own knowledge and experiences in my professional field by attending the National Credit Union Foundation’s week-long Development Education Training, as well as the Western Credit Union National Association’s Management School. My goal is to be an exceptional leader for my own organization, as well as helping our members feel successful with their own financial goals and overall financial wellness. In Laramie, we are fortunate to have many organizations of people who are driven to make positive changes in the community. I have lived in Laramie for several years and am raising a family here; I want to become a voice for members of the community. My goal is to join additional boards and expand my volunteer opportunities in order to act as an advocate for the Laramie community. I look forward to developing a network of resources by working with other members of the community to gain a better perspective on the issues we face in order to provide assistance and meet those challenges together.

What is your biggest philanthropic achievement?

Over the years I have offered my talents, skills, and time to many different community events and businesses. I had a great opportunity to participate in Leadership Laramie Class of 2014-2016 where we organized the fundraiser for Jackalope Jump for Laramie Special Olympics. I have also been fortunate to participate in the Laramie MS Walk for several years to support a dear friend of mine. Although these experiences are not one grand philanthropic achievement in the traditional sense, to me it means a lot to know that what I’m doing is making a difference in other people’s lives. So, in my mind, even the smallest achievements can have the biggest successes.

What action or 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 have had the honor of being part of many fantastic organizations in our community that provide much needed services and support to our community. One endeavor that is close to my heart is the school district’s Backpack Program to supply over 100 children in need each week with food. My organization also offers a day for members to bring their documents to be shredded at our office; however, they are encouraged to bring a donation of a non-perishable food item. From this event alone, we have been able to donate over 1,000 pounds of food to the local Soup Kitchen. I take great pride in many of the events Laramie offers for me to contribute to the community and affect others’ lives in a positive way.

What excites you most about the future of Laramie?

I think that several people have the mindset that they came to Laramie to go to the University of Wyoming, and “Got Stuck Here.” It is true, Laramie is a community that will grow on you; but it is also a young, vibrant community that continues to see growth and development. I feel there is a true feeling of community here and I am most excited to see the community continue to thrive.

What do you think has helped make you successful in your endeavors?

I was taught at a young age to work for everything. That work ethic and positive attitude has really shaped my willingness to take on any challenge that comes my way. Along with learning the value of hard work and perseverance, I have been fortunate to have several incredible mentors that have taught by example and supported me over the years through both good and bad times. I credit much of my success to those people. I am surrounded by a fantastic group of coworkers and members that make my job a rewarding experience, and really allow me to love what I do on a daily basis.

What advice would you give to other young professionals in Laramie?

I would remind other young professionals to not doubt yourself or feel that you won’t make a difference; even the small differences built up can be life-changing. I would encourage them to get involved in the community any way they can. We have so much to offer to our own organizations and opportunities to serve the community.

20 Under 40Jacob Chavez2017