Get to know Administrative Assistant, Claire Whitmore.
What caused you to get into your profession?
I moved to Madison, WI in 2013 without a career in mind. I knew I liked helping people accomplish things, and that I had a solid set of computer skills, and that’s what steered me towards being an admin. I started out with JP Cullen through a temp agency out at the Epic jobsite, and then was hired on full time in October of 2013. In 2015 I transferred to the Madison office, and have been here ever since.
What is your proudest achievement?
Getting to climb a tower crane out at the Epic jobsite as one of my yearly goals. My first year out at Epic, Jim Schumacher suggested it as a goal, and I leapt at it. It’s not every day an office admin gets to climb a 200-foot tower crane! I got to see the work we were doing first hand, from a bird’s eye view, and I am still delighted I got the opportunity. Randy Faasuamalie was the engineer who took me up, and I still remember what it felt like to crawl up to the very top and stand on the platform and look out for miles.
Who has been most inspirational to you in your career?
I have learned an enormous amount from Beth Rhodes. She is the Executive Assistant out at the Epic jobsite, and it was from her that I learned how to navigate the needs of multiple supervisors and deadlines at one time, and embrace the changeable and often mercurial nature of our jobs. She’s continued to be a wonderful mentor, even as my role has shifted and I am no longer out at Epic.
Outside of work, I have an aunt who is incredibly supportive, no matter the twists and turns life brings. She has always fostered a sense of curiosity, imagination, and honesty in me, and I will always thank her for that. The world is interesting and beautiful and filled with wonderful things, and I hope everyone has someone in their life to help them remember that from time to time.
What is one thing no one knows about you?
Somewhat known: In my spare time I am an illustrator and artist!
Much less known: My name was a mistake! Flustered after the birth of their eldest, my parents wrote down the wrong thing. I think this is proof that some mistakes turn out for the best because I’m pretty attached to my name.
What is the funniest moment in your career?
A moment I remember really fondly was when, out at the Epic Annex building that we all had offices in, Joe Schumacher moved offices from our suite to the end of the hall, to be closer to where drivers would be coming through. It was only maybe a hundred or so feet away and in the same building, but we threw him a ‘going away’ party anyhow, complete with balloons.