The Southwest Community Connection is pleased to welcome its newest team member, Laura Davis, who will serve as the newspaper's advertising representative for Hillsdale and Multnomah businesses.
Though she's a new face for those who know the Connection, Davis has been with the paper's parent company, Pamplin Media Group, for close to 15 years. She currently works with businesses in downtown Portland as a representative for the Portland Tribune. Previously, she worked in ad sales for the Connection's sister newspaper, the Gresham Outlook.
"Laura has done an excellent job for the company over the years, and I'll know she'll do the same for the Connection's clients," said Connection Publisher J. Brian Monihan. "I'm really thrilled to have such an experienced and devoted person working with us."
Before joining Pamplin Media Group, Davis worked as the director of sales for a wedding facility and as an advertising representative for a bridal magazine. She says she enjoys making connections with local businesses to help them facilitate growth.
"The joy of the job is helping people grow their business by advertising in community papers, but also meeting them and interacting with them and just helping them in whatever way they need," Davis said.
She has even made a few friendships through her business relationships, as she makes it a priority to get to know the people with whom she works.
"I know their dogs' names, their kids…" Davis said. "I love what I do, I love my job. I don't see how I can do anything else."
In her free time, Davis has been teaching herself to play the piano. Her father ran an 18-piece string band, but she hadn't recognized her own musical talent until she sat at a piano and started spontaneously writing a song. Now she tries to practice as often as she can.
— The Connection