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Hidden Gems: Meet Laura LaBine of LaBine And Associates

Today we’d like to introduce you to Laura LaBine.

Laura, we appreciate you taking the time to share your story with us today. Where does your story begin?
I grew up in the prairie where North Dakota and Minnesota touch Canada. In an era before the internet, I learned to read at age 3 and became a vociferous consumer of books. There was a Bookmobile that came out to our farmhouse once a week, but I could only check out 8 books at a time. I recall being very serious about choosing where I was going to spend my attention.

Blessed with parents that supported me in “following my bliss”, I was drawn to music. Playing instruments and writing songs was something I started doing as a child and brought me multiple opportunities to study and travel over the years.

My twenties were spent in the continued discovery of what I really wanted to “spend my attention” on, and the balance of supporting myself financially. There were dozens of odd jobs and half-careers that provided me with more clarity on what my skills are and what I like to do.

I actually started my recruiting career in Los Angeles, which was a result of “saying yes” when invited to the opportunity. I was at the crux of my career, just as my work as a musician was increasing. An opportunity to test my soul on which direction to turn arrived, and cemented my direction.

Today, my firm is an active collaborator in a global network of executive recruiters having been recognized as a top performer. Our team focuses on helping to connect talent with the right careers, and we feel great satisfaction in “creating my joy” in the world.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
The best lessons are those that are challenging.

The first year of the pandemic was exceptionally slow, and a general profit loss for my firm. In the second year of the pandemic, we experienced the highest revenues since opening our doors in 2013.

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about LaBine And Associates?
LaBine and Associates is a business services firm that provides talent acquisition support, whether that be recruiting team members for our clients, or providing expert consultants for their business objectives. We are members/owners of NPA Worldwide, a global cooperative of recruiting firms that was founded in 1965. Collaborating with these other firms allows us to be more agile and valuable to our clients.

We solve problems. We have helped startups scale, often being their original recruiting team. We also help global fortune 10 companies with specialized searches.

When we collaborate with each other, more people win.

Alright, so to wrap up, is there anything else you’d like to share with us?
Living in Los Angeles was the big turning point of my career, and the exposure to creative talent has always inspired me. I miss the weather and all of my friends….but I do NOT miss driving around the city!!

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