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2018 40 Under 40: Emily Laurie, 32

Marketing director, Hogan Land Title Co.

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At Hogan Land Title Co., Emily Laurie has paved her own path.

When Laurie started as director of marketing, she says company Vice President Keith Chaffin did not foresee the leadership role she would go on to create. She evolved the job beyond marketing into recruitment, and since has looked for, interviewed and hired 10 of the company’s 60 employees.

“Hiring was not my job duty from the beginning, but as the director of marketing, it was important for me to put the right hire in the right spot in order to maintain a cohesive operation,” Laurie says.

She’s also worked to start the Calendar for a Cause initiative for Hogan Land Title to highlight local nonprofits, and she succeeded last year in a personal goal to launch her own side business, Laurie Marketing LLC.

What was your first job? I worked as a waitress and cashier at Peking House and, to this day, I still find myself being a frequent customer. General Combo C, anyone?

What’s your most treasured possession? Old photographs of my family heritage – before the digital era.

What is your proudest moment?
Paying off my student loans by the age of 30, and getting my master’s degree in marketing and communications from Drury University.

What historical figure do you identify with most? Margaret Thatcher, because she was known as the “Iron Lady.”

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