Laura B. Trust

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SJB Bagel Makers of Boston, Inc/ Finagle a Bagel

Years with company: 16 years

Education degrees and professional/volunteer organizations: BA, Barnard College, Columbia University; MBA MIT Sloan School.

Mentors and how have they assisted you in your career:  My father who built an international business from nothing, my mother – who built the business with my father while raising us. Patty Newburger who taught me how to go after what was needed, Stephanie Bernier who taught me how to be organized and strategic. My husband, Alan, who balances me out perfectly.  Nobody moves through their careers without a lot of help, and it has been my daily goal to pay it forward.

What are you most proud of in your career achievements? Do you have a defining moment of your career to dateIf your company can do well and do good, it is a great achievement. I am most proud when I know we’ve do well by our guests and associates.

Most challenging part of your job: Avocadoes.

Advice for upcoming younger executives: Focus first, primarily, and always on the quality of the product or service of you are providing. The rest comes from there.