I am a Designer by education, and spent 18 years as a facility planner for American Family Insurance Co, and the subsequent 20 years with Target Commercial Interiors.

My first task at American Family was selecting a paint color for the board room and I took about a week to finalize the selection after consulting every one of my Designer friends! Needless to say my decision making and sense of urgency has improved since then. I am married to a Sweet Southern Man and we have three children between us, all out of the nest!

And we are the proud Grand’Mere and Grand’ Pere to one year old Sailor Annabel!

Q. What was your first job?

A. Early work – Worked at my uncles Jewelry Store cleaning cases. Professional – Designer At American Family Insurance (I started the department).

Q. What was your best job?

A.(Besides being a Mom and Grand’Mere) My job today! I love calling on the A&D and Real Estate groups and working with our WI/IL team! I am thrilled to have counterparts in both AZ and MN as well that share the same responsibilities – it’s so helpful to collaborate and strategize.

Q. In addition to earning a paycheck, how else has your career created value in your life?

A. I love the interaction with our Clients and consider many of them friends since we truly become a part of their business and life.

Q. What is your most memorable travel experience?

A. I have had so many on a personal level -sailing in the Caribbean, going through the Panama canal, zip line in Belize, spending a romantic week in Paris (love the croissants!)

Q. What do you like to do in your spare time?

A. Travel, HOT yoga, read (historical fiction is my favorite), run, hike, see the latest movies, explore the beautiful nature conservancy adjacent to our house, relax with friends, tinker in the garden, try new recipes.

Q. What lessons has your work life taught you?

A. There is a lesson in every experience- And to trust that you are exactly where you are meant to be.

Q. Do you have any favorite stories from your work life?

A. The day I attended the Target Sales meeting and saw one of my personal heroes Oprah. I told our President that it was perhaps  the “BEST work day ever”!

Connect with Debra – http://www.linkedin.com/in/debra-alton/

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