Laura Anne Wimer, 38, Financial Manager, Eastern Utility Service Line, The Davey Tree Expert

What motivates or inspires you to better the community?

Plain Township, Stark County has really been the first place that I have ever felt at home. A place where I could truly plant roots and grow with the community. I feel that the place you call home can only be as great as the people and honestly, this area has so many great people that make a difference in every facet of the community. The wonderful people that I have met through volunteering truly inspire me to want to do more for this great place!

What is the best career advice you’ve ever been given?

“Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.” A former leader had so many little pieces of advice that he’d hand out to me randomly; however, this comment really stuck with me. Being complacent can be good for some, but I am much too motivated to stay in one place without doing more, learning more and being more.

 What advice would you give the younger generation when it comes to advancing in their careers or strengthening Stark County?

You will never go wrong by getting an education. My education has opened so many doors for me that otherwise would have been a struggle to get through. Additionally, don’t be afraid to step inside new circles. Go out and meet new people and try new things.

“Laura is passionate about her community as she constantly works to ensure that it is an amazing place to live, work and play for all.” —Rob Steinberg

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