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Talking with Talent – Laurie Harper

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Harper-Laurie-gray-281x300In our new blog series, “Talking with Talent,” we share a little about a Cushman & Wakefield employee. In today’s blog, we spoke with Laurie Harper, the Atlanta market leader for Cushman & Wakefield’s Asset Services group. 

Tell us a little about yourself.

I grew up in a small town, Sayville, Long Island, New York. At the time I viewed myself as a city kid, but it was definitely a small town on the south shore of Long Island where summers were spent on the water. I started working right out of high school, with my first job as a temporary employee at Grumman Aerospace. To become a permanent employee I had to pass a typing test, something I never bothered to study because I was positive I was not going to be a secretary. It literally took me four attempts to pass.

My husband, Buzz, and I have been married for 11 years. We have three children between us Zach (23), Nicole (23) and Jake (21). We are also now “grandparents” to Jake’s two dogs, Ray and Duke.

My husband and I are addicted to working out. We love starting the day with a physical challenge, which I think helps with the mental challenges and stress that can hit during the work day. We run three days a week, particularly love trail runs, and work out with a trainer three days a week (Sunday is our lazy day).

Tell us about your role at Cushman & Wakefield. What’s a typical day like for you at the office?

I think most of us would say there is never a typical day in Property Management — one of the reasons I love it. I try to spend part of each day focused on my team, my clients and new business. I may have goals in mind for the day, but one phone call or text in the morning can change everything. A good day is no fire/floods or HR issues!

Tell us about a moment in your career or an achievement that you are particular proud of.

Standing in the conference room when John O’Neill announced that I was taking the Director role, and hearing my team’s reaction was one of the most memorable moments of my career. My team was so incredibly supportive, it was overwhelming.

Is there a motto or quote you live by?

I tell everyone I hire that what we do isn’t brain surgery, and no one is going to die if we make a mistake. So own up to the mistake, and we can always fix it, learn from it and move on.

If we ever find ourselves in a Laurie Harper Trivia Contest, what’s something we should definitely know?

I accidentally sang “Paradise by the Dashboard Light” at my wedding because I didn’t realize the microphone was on! It should have been a “drop-the-mic” moment, at the start – not at the end.

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