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Emily Laurie, 29
Marketing Director, Hogan Land Title Company
How’s this for a Renaissance woman? Emily Laurie developed an interest in political science while in college at the University of Missouri but turned down a job with Senator Claire McCaskill’s office so she wouldn’t be so far from home. Her first jobs were in the machinery business, marketing truck parts and then alternators and other machinery for SRC Electrical, before getting her master’s degree in Marketing from Drury University and taking a job with one of Springfield’s oldest real estate title firms–Hogan Land Title Company. Whew.
Emily’s time at SRC taught her the value of a business’s finances and prepared her to take the lead on Hogan’s marketing efforts, which include linking available properties to realtors, organizing Hogan’s company-wide charitable efforts and planning Hogan’s 50th anniversary party, which was held in 2014.
Emily volunteers on multiple committees for the Greater Springfield Board of Realtors, including several committees focusing on community involvement. She has helped organizations including the Breast Cancer Foundation of the Ozarks, the Doula Foundation and Care to Learn through her roles with the GSBR and Hogan. In her spare time, Emily and husband (former Kickapoo and Missouri State basketball standout Spencer Laurie) work out at CrossFit Provision, root on the Mizzou Tigers and spend time with their 1-year-old daughter, Sloane.
Job title and where you work: Marketing Director for Hogan Land Title Company
Education: University of Missouri–B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies with an emphasis in Communication and Political Science.
Drury University–M.A. in Communication with an emphasis in Integrated Marketing.
City or town where you live: Springfield
1. How did you end up at your current job/profession?
Being around the real estate market most of my life growing up, I knew I would eventually want to pursue a career in this industry. When I was approached about the position in 2012, I felt like it was a perfect fit for me!
2. Where do you find passion to do what you do?
My passion comes from within, overtime being able to consistently see small successes over and over again. I have a passion for people and love being a part of one's success story in life.
3. Are you single/married, and do you have any kids?
I have been married to my best friend, Spencer, for five years. We have a beautiful 21-month-old daughter, Sloane Annabelle Laurie, who just found out that she is going to be a big sister this fall!
4. What are your hobbies (when you’re not working)?
I love trying new recipes, traveling, photography, attending James River Church and working out at Crossfit Provision.
5. Are you involved in any charitable organizations?
I am on the committee for the Breast Cancer Foundation of the Ozarks. I'm involved in planning everything for the Hooked on Dance event from planning the menu to designing the centerpieces. I have a heart for this organization because cancer truly does affect every single person in some way or another.
6. Are you a member of any professional organizations?
I am involved at the Greater Springfield Board of Realtors on committees such as Realtors Helping People, Community Outreach, Awards and Events and the Young Professionals Network. Through these committees we help raise awareness to the real estate community on topics, issues and help those in need.
7. How would you define the secret to success?
The secret to success is being willing to try and try again, learning how to endure failure. The most useful thing you can do is stay in the game of life. If your current task fails, take what you learned and try something else. Keep repeating until something great happens.
8. What's your favorite thing about your career?
My favorite thing about my career is the people I work for and work with every day. I couldn't ask for better people surrounding and supporting me. I have a lot of freedom in my job and enjoy developing working relationships with Realtors® and lenders.
9. What's your favorite thing about working in 417-land?
The drive time from one place to another is at most 15 minutes, which means you can maximize your schedule and get a lot of important things accomplished in a short amount of time.
10. If you could go back and give the high school version of yourself one piece of advice, what would it be?
Focus on the big picture in life and quit worrying about things you cannot control.
11. What was your “dream job” at age 5?
I always wanted to be an actress or a famous singer. However, anyone who knows my singing voice would know that this dream job will probably always be just a dream.
12. List three traits that define a successful career:
Emotionally vested, innovative and focused.
13. Why are you a 20 Under 30?
I'm a 20 Under 30 because the people I work for have given me the platform to display my talents to a network of people in my career, community and education. I am blessed to be able to give my time, talents and energy to the 417 community each and every day.
14. What projects do you have on the horizon at your job that you’re excited about?
No specific projects, however my ongoing project has always been to provide the best possible service to our customers every single day. We thrive based on our 51 years of knowledge and experience.
15. What completed project are you most proud of?
Last year was our 50th anniversary at Hogan and we celebrated big with our customers, staff and acquaintances'. This project has been in the making for the last 50 years and would not have be possible without all of our customers and the dedication of our employees along the way.
Fill in the following blanks with five words or less:
Faith, family, friends, fitness and food makes life worth living.
A day at work wouldn't be complete without a new contract.
Ten years from now, I hope I'm happy and healthy .
If I won the lottery tomorrow, I would invest in real estate.
The best part about being a 20 under 30 is feeling accomplished.