PondelWilkinson’s investor relations teams play an important role helping publicly traded companies position themselves to Wall Street. We caught up with Laurie Berman, the firm’s managing director, who shared more about her IR work, personal life and some of the factors that have influenced her career.
What was your first job?
My very first job was at a snack bar in a roller-skating rink. Professionally, my first job out of college was working at Institutional Investor magazine in their sponsored conference division.
How long have you been in the industry?
I’ve been practicing investor relations for almost 30 years (I guess I started when I was still in diapers).
If you had to pick one word to describe what you do, what would it be?
Fast-paced (that’s one word, right?).
What is your favorite part about your job?
I love storytelling. It’s so important to be able to find the right words to describe a company and its strategy.
What is your least favorite part about your job?
Deadlines. Although I work great under pressure, it’s sometimes tough to juggle multiple deadlines at the same time. I’m proud to say I’ve never missed an important one.
What do you like to do for fun?
I love sports (the spectator kind). Right now I’m very into football and I am a rabid fan for my NY Giants. Baseball is also a love of mine, but I switched my allegiance from the NY Mets to the Los Angeles Dodgers when I moved to Los Angeles more than 20 years ago. I still do root pretty hard the New York teams of my childhood.
What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever done?
I allowed a very persistent relative to convince me to go on a date with someone I briefly dated five years before (it didn’t work out at the time). We’ve now been married for almost 26 years, and that relative was a flower girl at my wedding (she was in her 50s at the time).
What’s something that recently made you smile?
A few months ago, we rescued an 8-year-old dog with vision problems. She makes me smile all of the time because she’s such a goofball.
What’s next on your bucket list?
Aside from winning the lottery? I’d love to take an extended vacation through Europe.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever heard?
Not so much advice, but something I try to take to heart. “Comparison is the thief of joy.”
— Shannon Clemons, email@example.com