The chamber of commerce sat down with Sara Spence, President of SpenceTechnologies. Sara is an incredible asset to the chamber of commerce.
Q: What gets you out of bed in the morning?
A: I am not a morning person in the least, snoozing is my favorite activity in the morning! I eventually get out of bed because I get to go work with my dad everyday for company that established and that makes it worth getting up everyday!
Q: What three words or phrases would you use to describe your role?
A: Fast Paced, Rewarding and Chaotic!
Q: What does your typical day look like and what are you currently working on?
A: There is no typical day. I personally wear so many different hats that I am always dipping my toes into the different areas of the business. I typically start my day with emails then dive into accounting with most of the day focused on clients. We call my dad the Arsonist, and we are all his little firefighters!
Q: What is your guilty pleasure?
A: Ice cream and watching Shameless. My favorite ice cream is Mint Chocolate Chip, in fact I just bought a gallon!
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I am able to work and learn from my dad on a daily basis. I have always been somewhat attached at the hip to him and the fact that I get to work and learn from his success is very valuable. With that said my father and I do get at each others throats sometimes, but I wouldn’t trade it for anything!
Q: What is the best career advice your ever received?
A: Never give up on something even if you are told by others that you will fail. Hard work does pay off if you are willing to put in the time and effort.
Q: What are your biggest professional challenges?
A: Working with my dad everyday! The generational gaps in the company will pose some issues at times, and like most finding a strong workforce can at times be difficult. Machinists Needed!
Q: How would you describe your job to a child?
A: We make parts and peices for airplanes, cars, trains and tanks.
Q: What is the first job you ever had?
A: I worked at Eat’n Park, which unfortunately just recently closed down. When I was 16 I worked as an expediter, which basically meant that I hung out in the kitchen eating pickles. Now that I think about it that may have been the reason they shut down. I made a little more than minimum wage due to the job title but not much more!
Q: What did you want to be when growing up or if you ever changed professions what would you go into?
A: I wanted to be a dolphin trainer, until I realized to do that I would have to move very far away. I had a whole 8th grade presentation that was on dolphin training, which was actually my first ever PowerPoint presentation. I also loved the idea of Chemical Engineering, I was always fascinated with chemicals and formulas.
Q: Do you have a favorite movie or book?
A: I don’t read but I do enjoy movies. My all time favorite is Beauty and the Beast, which I actually have a lot of memorabilia from, but not in an obsessed fan way. In terms of an everyday movie that I love it has to be Caddyshack.
Q: What is the best vacation you have ever had?
A: One of my favorite that we do every year is going to Naples, FL. I have been going since I was 5 so I have a lot of memories with family that I cherish, also my nephew lives there as well. I went on a three week Europe trip as well that was exciting with visits to Iceland & Amsterdam.
Q: If you were on death row, what would you last meal be and what pet peeve drove you to death row?
A: Steak and Crab Legs! I was probably put on death row due to my road rage. I tend to be very vocal in my car, especially to slow drivers.
Q: What are your hopes for your business?
A: Keep the business and make my dad proud. Preferably not to lose the business.
Q: What do you like to do in your spare time and time away from work?
A: What spare time, what is that? I enjoy cycling.
Q: What is on your bucket list?
A: Skydiving and visiting Australia. I would also love to meet Jimmy Buffett
Q: What is the first concert you attended?
A: I saw Hanson at Blossom. Jimmy Buffett is my favorite concerts.
Q: What is a piece of advice for all of our chamber members and potential chamber members about getting the most out of your membership?
A: Network, get to the events and get your name and business out to everyone! Once these event are over you need to follow up with those people that you meet because its not always about who you know, but rather who they might know! Also, getting involved and joining a committee can also be very rewarding!