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Record hires North Bender to be new advertising manager
SNOQUALMIE - The Snoqualmie Valley Record newspaper has made a valuable addition to its team.
Shannon Meyers, a North Bend resident by way of Arizona by way of Kirkland, started earlier this month as the newspaper's new advertising manager. She replaced Tom Moore, who took a job at a television station in Kennewick at the end of last year.
"I'm excited to meet everyone [in the Valley business community]," Meyers said.
Meyers was born in Colorado but was raised in Kirkland. She graduated from Lake Washington High School in 1995 and went right to work, or actually right back to work. Ever since she was 16, she had worked in sales at Nielsen Brothers Flooring, a home flooring shop in Seattle's Ballard neighborhood. She loved the work and the neighborhood and eventually moved to Ballard where she could squeeze in lunchtime sun at Golden Gardens park.
After some stints at Bellevue Community College and City University, Meyers became restless, however, and decided there needed to be a change. Three weeks later, with help from her mother, Meyers had all her belongings in a U-Haul, and was heading to Arizona.
"I think it's something that needs to happen; going somewhere with no job, no house, no friends," she said. "It's a rite of passage."
Meyers spent two years in Scottsdale, working hard at multiple jobs and enjoying the sunshine. She said it was sometimes a hard place to work since, to a Washington native, being any place with palm trees seems like a vacation. But with temperature in the 70s in the middle of winter, Meyers didn't seem to mind.
She came back to Washington in 2002 and went back to work at the Nielsen store in Bellevue, where she met a client named Brian Meyers who was remodeling his home in North Bend. They were married last fall at the Cedar River Watershed Education Center at Rattlesnake Lake.
Another big change came a year ago when Meyers gave birth to her first child, a daughter named Ella.
Wanting to get back to work, Meyers came across the Valley Record job. She was looking to continue doing sales for a small company and the nearby location made it all fall into place.
"Shannon is a great addition to our staff. She seems to really want to put down roots in Snoqualmie Valley and with that comes a desire to get to know the community," said Jim McKiernan, general manager of the Valley Record. "She brings with her some sales experience, but more importantly, a down to earth attitude and desire to help local businesses grow."
Meyers would like to go back to school and is just a few credits shy of finishing her degree in project management, but she said that now all her spare time is for her family. Both parents still live close by and she has four siblings she remains close friends with. She has been spending time getting to know her new home, her new daughter, her new job and her new community.
"I like small towns," Meyers said. "It is important to be a member of and be active in a community.
Staying in sales was something Meyers wanted to do because of the interaction with people it allowed her to have. She said a day without learning anything is a day wasted and the best knowledge she can glean from her job is the stories her customers have to share.
"The more I learn, the more I realize how little I know," she said. "Everyone's got a story to tell."