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Employee Spotlight: Amy Towner

Employee Spotlight: Amy Towner

It’s been a while since we’ve interviewed one of our amazing Landmark team members so we thought we’d start this Monday by interviewing one of favorite ladies, Amy Towner!

Our Landmark office is filled with an amazing staff of individuals who make up our fun, loving, and sometimes quirky team! So we thought we’d give all of you the opportunity to get to know some of our team members the way we have over the years.

Amy Towner

Let’s Start with the Basics:

Can you tell us a little about yourself?

“I have been in Property Management for about 10 years, spending several of those years working with HUD, Tax Credit, Section 8 and RD housing projects. I am currently married and live in Bellingham. I had three children early in life, and decided to resume my education at 33 years old and finally finished my GED. After that, I attended Whatcom Community College and was part of a pilot course there for single parents which consisted of intense classes in everything from resume writing to business computer classes. At the end of the course, I was asked to give a speech at the graduation in front of a group of approximately 100 consisting of classmates and their families as well as reporters from the local paper and tv stations. It was then that I decided my chosen extreme sport was public speaking!”

Where are you from?

“I spent the first 24 years of my life in Phoenix, AZ. After moving to Michigan, Massachusetts, and back to Arizona I finally settled in Blaine Washington in 2001 to raise my children in a small town. I have moved around to different parts of Washington, but will always consider Blaine my home.”

What’s your role here at Landmark? How long have you been with Landmark?

“This upcoming April will be three years working for Landmark. I am eternally grateful for this job and the support I have been given both professionally and personally from the wonderful people I work for and with. I hope to be allowed to stay for a very long time!”

Now onto the Fun Questions:

If you could pick a new first name, what would it be?

“I always thought the name Amy was dull, even the spelling of it. My mother named me after the shy, submissive, polite girl in the Little Women books. Unfortunately, the personality did not translate. I enjoy the name Layla but now that my only granddaughter is named after me, I think I will keep Amy.”

Do you have a weird or unique talent that not many know about?

“I have several, but my favorite again is public speaking. I discovered I have the ability to give presentations as well as more casual speeches in front of both large and small groups with no fear at all. It is an adrenaline rush for me, and I try to do it as often as I can!”

What was your dream job when you were 5 years old?

“When I was 5 years old my parents enjoyed taking my sister and myself out to eat several times a week. I remember watching the waitress with amazement as she took our dinner order without writing anything down! I could not believe how she managed to remember everything we wanted without taking one note! I decided she was the most amazing person in the world and my goal was to grow up and learn how to do the same thing. Well, unfortunately, I did. I waited tables for 13 years to support three children on my own, and finally learned the secret of taking a food order without using a pen and paper. Turns out, it was not as glamorous as I had originally imagined.”

If you could be best friends with anyone, dead or alive, who would that be and why?

“Well, I am already best friends with my 7-year-old granddaughter Bean, who is the most interesting and funny person I know. If I were to pick someone else, it would be Chelsea Handler. She is so real and funny and outrageous and has access to so many opportunities to help people. I would love to pick her brain and attach myself to her causes. She is also the only other person I have ever heard of who did NOT enjoy the show Breaking Bad, so we have that in common as well.”

What’s the weirdest/coolest dream you’ve ever had?

“I once had a dream that I won the lottery and used the money to build homes for single mothers escaping violence and homeless vets. Would be so perfect if I could make that a reality!”

What movie is your all-time favorite that you would have loved to star in?

“I am a huge fan of the Sex and the City franchise. I would never want to star in it, as the current stars are perfect for their roles. I would enjoy a walk on part though, just to be able to wear a pair of those fabulous shoes!”

QUICK! What’s the last picture/text you sent to someone on your phone?

“I sent a text to my daughter asking her to grab milk for my house while she is out shopping. I am a very dull texter.”

What is the strangest thing that has ever happened to you?

“My life has been full of strange events. Probably one of the most strange is after having two blonde haired blue eyed children I had a dream about having a third child with brown hair, brown eyes and a really large head! I actually saw him in my dream, in a stroller I was pushing. While I had NO plans for a third baby at the time, I eventually got the surprise of another one coming and he turned out to look exactly like he did in my dream. While I was pregnant with him a strange woman dressed like a witch from the Salem Trial days came up to me in Fry’s grocery store and exclaimed to everyone in earshot I was carrying the next messiah who will save mankind. That has yet to happen though.”

If you could go anywhere in the Universe right now where would you go and what would you do there?

“I would go to New York City and just walk around and look at everything! From Manhattan to the subways to the 911 memorial, I would love to spend an entire week visiting all of the nooks and crannies of this city. One day, this dream will become a reality.”