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Team Member Spotlight: Diane!

I was born and raised in Louisville, KY, but both of my parents came from what we call “the old country” Beirut, Lebanon. In 1927 my father came to the United States when he was 7 years old and my mother came over in 1953 when she married my father.  Yes, as you’ve probably heard, it was an arranged marriage of sorts.  They were happily married for 48 years and raised 4 children, me being the youngest.  We refer to ourselves as My Big Fat Lebanese Family!

I graduated from Jeffersontown High School and then proceeded on to the University of Kentucky where I received a Bachelor Degree in Retail Merchandising.  After graduation I moved back home to Louisville where I spent 5 years in the retail field.  After deciding that wasn’t for me I was hired at Hilliard Lyons as a receptionist.  After only 1 week they asked me to become a full time sales assistant.  I readily accepted and 30 years later here I am.
Working part time for Hilliard Lyons and Smith Barney for 15 years allowed me to be able to stay home more with my 2 children.  Hilliard Lyons offered me a full time sales assistant position for a new broker that was coming from Merrill Lynch – Gavin!  Now 7 years later I am still with him.

When Gavin decided to go out on his own I didn’t hesitate accepting to go with him when he asked.  I can honestly say he is one of the best to work for!  The group of people I work with are more like a family to me than just a job.  Not only do I love what I do but I really enjoy interacting with our clients!
On a personal note, I have been married to my handsome, Lebanese husband, Walt, for 27 years.
We have 2 children – Matthew (24) a recruit at LMPD and Kristina (22) a social media manager at Vest Advertising.  They are my world!  We enjoy spending time with my extended family, which has grown to over 30.  When you invite 1 you have to invite all!  It’s lucky we all get along so well!  Since the kids are now grown Walt and I enjoy date nights and traveling.

I always say I will treat people like I would want to be treated and I live by that rule every day!
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