Employee Spotlight: Laura Nieman

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This month we’re expressing gratitude for our Senior Human Resources Manager, Laura Nieman. Laura, who has been with Pro Back Office for over 6 years, wears numerous hats for the firm.  She has managed the firm’s internal HR since inception and has been instrumental in building and managing our HR service offering and solutions to our clients.  Laura remains active helping our clients stay in compliance with constantly evolving legislation.

Laura loves the work that she does. As a Senior HR Manager, she enjoys meeting people and being part of the internal team that identifies new opportunities for our 60+ employees. Laura’s success stems from her strong ethics, professional approach and compassion for helping our employees grow and be successful.

Laura constantly pushes herself to learn and grow.  She joined PBO after completing her master’s in organizational management with a specialization in HR.  Since joining PBO, she has furthered her professional training by obtaining her PHR (Professional in HR) certification and continuously attends industry talks and webinars so that she remains current on all the HR legislative changes and professional trends.  Whether at a client or internally with PBO, Laura is always looking for an opportunity to make a difference in a way that’s approachable and effective.

Growing up, Laura spent her time traveling the globe as her father was a career Army Officer. As a result, she lived in Germany for 7 years and spent time in Sri Lanka as a foreign exchange student. Laura has been to 29 countries thus far and is excited to see where her next adventure takes her! Her mantra, “Not all who wander are lost” aligns with her love of traveling.

Laura clearly inherited her wanderlust and generosity from her parents. While on a trip to SE Asia in 2005, they were inspired to create “Cambodia We Care.”  Initially, Cambodia We Care was started to provide fresh water wells to village families.  From the water well installations, a relationship was formed with local monks which led to a sewing center to teach sewing skills to deprived women. This ultimately led to building and managing a school in the village of Sambour that’s grown in size over the years, feeds the local children, and is making a lasting impact in the community.  Cambodia and the school have left their mark on Laura and she’s looking forward to returning soon.

Laura seems to always be busy.  She’s involved in several organizations, loves the theatre, and live music.  In her free time, you’ll probably see her out on the trails running. She’s been an avid runner for many years and has a goal to complete her first Ultra-Marathon in 2019. Despite having broken her foot in the fall, she looks forward to accomplishing this goal in May. Also related to her passion for the running community, Laura sits on the Board of Directors for Run North County which helps connect runners to resources in order to reach their own personal goals.

 

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