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Daily Inspiration: Meet Sherri Brogan

Today we’d like to introduce you to Sherri Brogan.

Hi Sherri, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today.
I would be happy to.  Thank you for asking.

Professionally, I have been selling commercial office furniture for over 30 years and I love what I do.  I have the opportunity to help my clients with their furniture and office design needs.  From space planning through procurement and then watching the furniture being installed, I work with my clients to give them the look and feel they want while keeping within their budget.  My job isn’t a 9:00 – 5:00 job, as I want to be able to give them my time whenever they require it.  I enjoy being able to provide them the personal service they deserve.

In my spare time, I enjoy giving back to the community.  For the past 13 years, I have been a member of The Reisterstown Festival Committee serving as either the Chairperson or co-Chairperson for the past 10 years. We are a free two-day community based festival that closes out the summer.  This festival is my true passion and a labor of love for me. I love being a part of an event that brings our community together

I am involved with The Ed Block Courage Awards where I give my time working at their main fundraiser every year.

I had previously been an active Rotarian for over 13 years, volunteering at local food banks, homeless shelters, charity bingo events and other community fundraisers.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey has been a fairly smooth road?
Speaking for The Reisterstown Festival only, the road has been challenging but also a learning experience for me. There are many aspects of running a two-day event. We have had to adapt to the changing times (the good and bad of social media), County rules and regulations, Covid, community feedback, and of course the biggest struggle is the weather. Our festival is outdoors, and we never know what kind of weather Mother Nature will provide for us during that weekend. Thankfully, I have a great committee that helps navigate through all the obstacles that pop up along the way!

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
As I mentioned, I sell commercial furniture and I love my job. All my projects are unique in one way or another, so my work days change according to my clients needs. I love spending time with my clients and I focus on getting to know them. I immediately establish a relationship with them so it helps me understand their needs and what they expect of me.

Similarly, I carry that effort into my volunteer efforts. It’s not just doing the work on a particular day, it’s the planning, coordination and paying attention to the finer details that creates a successful event.

The crisis has affected us all in different ways. How has it affected you and are any important lessons or epiphanies you can share with us?
Covid has changed how office space looks for many businesses. Some companies went 100% remote, some companies are working in a hybrid environment, and some are back in the office 100%. I have to adapt to all the different working environments, which include:

-Some people have stopped shaking hands.
-No one talks in an elevator
-Many of my meetings are on the phone or via Zoom, where they used to always be in person.
-Mailing samples, instead of hand delivering them is preferred, often due to the hybrid work environment.
-Regarding the Reisterstown Festival, You can not have enough Hand Sanitizer stations!

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