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Staff Spotlight: Sharla Parker

Every month we like to introduce one of our staff members so you can get to know them better. This month, our Personal Lines Account Manager Sharla tells us about her adoration of all things pumpkin-flavored!

You won the lottery! What’s your first purchase?

I’m going with the first thing that came to my mind. . . a couple ornery goats for my husband 😉

Share one thing you love to do that you always strive to include in your daily routine.

I meditate and read my devotional every morning, not using my phone! It grounds me and preps me for my day.

What are some of your favorite hobbies or activities?

Retreats with girlfriends, traveling to new places, reading, hanging out with my husband.

Tell us about one of your most memorable experiences.

Sailing on a 71 foot Catamaran for a week. I entered a writing contest (Canvasback Missions, created to deliver free dental, medical, and eye care to remote islands), won and learned how to sail at age 16 with nine other peers. We learned the value of teamwork, hard work and discipline. I still have a love of sailing!

What is your favorite Biggs story?

Not sure about favorite story; however my favorite moments are Fishbowl Fridays. This brings all our departments together, weekly, in a fun way. Editor’s note: Fishbowl Fridays are a great Biggs tradition that brightens up the colder months: each new account written by our team of producers in a given week results in a cash bill being placed in a fishbowl, and every Friday for a ~2 month period, we have our whole crew line up and draw bills from the bowl – it’s always exciting!

If you were stranded on a desert island, what’s the one thing you couldn’t live without?

My husband because he is like MacGyver!

Is your favorite season spring, summer, winter, or fall – and why?

Fall because of pumpkin beer, pumpkin bread, pumpkin spice lattes, pumpkin pie, pumpkin chocolate chip muffins, pumpkin soups, pumpkin décor, and more pumpkin beer.

What does success look like to you?

Internal joy.

What was your first job?

I worked in a cafeteria at a private boarding school at age 14.

If you had a superpower, what would it be?

I would love to be a healer. I would heal everyone from any mental or physical ailment.

What’s one challenge you’ve faced in life that you’re proud to have overcome?

I’ve had many challenges, but the two most difficult were my youngest son being diagnosed with cancer and my oldest son losing his dad to a violent crime. The resolve to be a forgiving and faith-filled human being and watching my boys manage these challenges have been by far the most difficult things I have faced.