By Stacie ShawCommercial Manager
13 October 2021
Take 5 has shown the team at PKF that there are a lot of things that we may not know about someone, even if we work with them everyday! So we took 5 minutes to chat with 2021 Mark Lonnon Employee of the Year and Commercial Manager, Stacie Shaw, to get to know a little bit about her.
1. What was your first ever job?
Haha – I was a sales assistant at Super Cheap Auto.
I spent some time on the spare parts desk – and used to take great delight in ‘menly-men’ asking if there was a bloke they could speak to; I’d smile at them sweetly, ask them to give me a shot at their question, and shock them when I could actually answer it…
2. Where’s the next place on your travel bucket list and why?
Hm, lots of places like everyone probably – but top of the list probably Canada.
I did a 2013 USA/Canada trip with my extended family (photo at Lake Louise); there are a lot of beautiful places in the world of course, but I reckon Banff comes close to one of the best.
3. What career advice would you give to your younger self?
When I was much younger, a mentor told me “There is no ONE right path. Pick something and back yourself” – and for me I’d give myself advice that has led me to exactly where I am:
Stay at PKF. Take the many, many opportunities they will give you; ignore your self-doubt and lean on / be grateful for the faith they have in you; keep working hard, learn properly from your mistakes.
4. What has been your career highlight to date?
Finding out that Andrew Beattie, behind my back, told a client “I’ll get Stace onto it, she’s safe hands”. When I found out, I don’t think I’ve ever felt prouder.
It’s been my highest professional compliment, and immediately became a daily mantra – to be “safe hands”.
5. What’s your favourite quote?
It’s hard to pick one, because I’m all about quotes and there are so many… probably the one I most try to live by is:
“People will forget what you said, and forget what you did – but they will never forget how you made them feel”