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SW Family Tree: Office Manager Judy Ryan

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Office Manager, Judy Ryan is the face of Shannon Waltchack. She maintains order in the office so that the staff and brokers can carry out day-to-day operations. She sits at the helm of the ship connecting clients, vendors, prospects and many others to the appropriate contact. She assists the SW team with countless other tasks including accounts payable and critical documentation. She has been married to her husband Tim for 28 years. They have three daughters, Meredith, Hannah and Allison- the oldest two recently became engaged! Judy is an animal lover, with four dogs and two cats. She claims Birmingham as her hometown, because after living in many different places across the country it’s the longest she has ever stayed in one place.

Start Date: January 2011

Position: Office Manager

What do you like most about working at SW? The people I work with. They are the best!

What do you think is special about Shannon Waltchack? We are a small company and we are very business-oriented, but we also have fun. We joke with each other, celebrate special events, and share our family lives. We know each other and care about each other.

What is your biggest challenge as an Office Manager? Multitasking- keeping everything on track is always a challenge. Getting my work done as well as work that others ask me to do can be difficult, you just have to prioritize.

What is the most rewarding thing about your job? People come to me when they need something done or need answers to questions, and it’s a great feeling when I help them.

Tell us a funny story about your time at SW
Last January when Derek Waltchack was turning 40, we dressed his office up in a pink nightmare. It was so funny!  We blew up and put over 450 pink balloons and hung pink flamingos in his office. We wrapped his chair and his computer in pink boas, and partner Andrew Patterson locked him out of his office. Upon finally gaining entry, Derek was like a kid, kicking the balloons around and out of the office. There were balloons popping all morning. The flamingos stuck around his office for a few months, and we found balloons behind the large sign he had about six months later.  I think he appreciated the thought and enjoyed the fun we had with him on his milestone birthday.

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What’s your favorite piece advice? Do your best and at the end of the day, try to leave knowing that you gave it your all. If you didn’t get everything done, there’s always tomorrow! After all, it took God seven days to create the Earth!

“It doesn’t take long for those around Judy to realize that she cares about you and cares about her work. Her positive spirit is uplifting to all of us,” said Principal Len Shannon.

“It doesn’t take long for those around Judy to realize that she cares about you and cares about her work. Her positive spirit is uplifting to all of us,” said Principal Len Shannon.

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by Suzanne Echols
11.10.2014