Sally managed all of the firm’s hiring, retention, benefits, training and development, and employee relations tasks when she joined the team in 2008 and, since growing her team, has focused on overall management and empowerment of our people. Ten questions and answers tell us a little more about the woman who is used to asking the interview questions.
1. What about Schaefer gets you to jump out of bed in the morning?
I really enjoy the challenges of managing and directing the people side of the business. I’ve helped to build a solid ‘people’ infrastructure for the firm so that our continued growth can remain focused on developing, challenging and rewarding our staff. And, I get to tell every new hire I meet about Schaefer – that’s very rewarding.
2. Describe Schaefer in three words.
Solid. Confident. Empowered.
3. What is the most extreme thing you have ever done?
I used to sneak into concerts through the ventilation system when I was a kid. I’ve also done a fair amount of extreme rafting – the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon, the Gauley River in West Virginia and the Salmon River in Idaho. Very risky, but a lot of fun.
4. What made you laugh the hardest in your entire life?
I have five best friends who live all over the country. We’ve managed to get everyone together on an annual basis for the past fifty years and we laugh the entire weekend. Once we even got kicked out of a restuarant in Nashville for laughing too loudly.
5. Favorite thing to do off the clock.
I am a serious gardener; it’s very therapeutic! I have even grown tomatoes on the pool table in winter (not very well).
6. Meet my family.
Like most of us, my family is my core. I am married to my best friend, John. He is my exact opposite and the best part of my life. He makes me laugh and has my back. I have a daughter, Alli, who is married to Greg, and a son, Graham, who will soon be marrying Ashley. I have recently become a grandparent to Henry and Ryan who have been a blast. We are a close knit group, together once or twice a week for dinner. My children, hands down, are my greatest accomplishment. They are smart, kind and really fun to be around.
7. What’s your signature dish to cook for family and friends?
My children love (and my husband hates) my Rice Krispie chicken, and have asked for it for their birthday dinners since they were little. It’s a family recipe.
8. What is a skill that you don’t have, but wish you did?
I wish I could grill something without burning it beyond recognition.
9. What’s on your bucket list?
Building a log home on our property in Hocking Hills sounds like a nice way to retire.
10. Quote to live by.
I’m a total Beatles fan. I really do live by “Let it Be”. I have learned to let a lot of things go to simply enjoy life. It really is a gift.