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you from A to Z. Having a solid 20 years in and around real estate myself, I found Laura to be a true anomaly, in the best sense of the word. She’s remarkably unexpected. Just when you thought you’ve figured her out, she pulls another rabbit out of her hat. Ideas run rampant when you’re around Laura – yet she’s humble enough to listen to you as well, and her energy is palpable. Her students are devoted, and call her ‘the Real Deal.’ So, what makes Laura stand out in the crowd of trainers and coaches across our country? How did she find the resilience and drive to make something out of nothing, and bad times into way more than merely bearable? Her story is one ‘for the books.’ Read on, and I’m sure you’ll agree… HAWAIIANS CALL IT ‘JUST OFF THE BOAT’ Imagine immigrating in 1985 to America from Italy at the age of 21, barely able to speak English. Sure, it was beautiful, but then Laura Alamery was used to scenic surroundings – born and raised in stunning Vicenza, just 40 miles from the Adriatic Sea, and Venice. For most single young women the language barrier – not to mention the gender politics and culture shock of such a migration – might have been overwhelming. But Laura recognized so many opportunities and took advantage of everything that came her way. As a rule, newcomers to the Hawaiian Islands aren’t always welcomed with open arms; they go through a ‘rites of passage’ period until deemed worthy of trust and friendship. But Laura was bright and engaging and adept at uncovering what isn’t always obvious to every- one else. She had nothing to prove, except to herself; it was a good fit from the start. For Laura, these few years in Hawaii would prove to be fortuitous; the perfect launch pad for the 30-year journey she was destined to take. Ambitious and determined to have a good life for herself and her fam- ily to come, Laura hit the ground running – and never looked back. Of course, college wasn’t an option… It was a NECESSITY, to the future Laura knew she deserved. Enrolled in Hawaii Pacific University, she would earn a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. Getting an educa- tion four miles from Waikiki might have been a major distraction for most people. But real estate caught her eye, and right away she realized it could help to pay for school. Laura started reading everything she could find – watching late night infomercials and buying courses by Dave Del Dotto, Robert Allen and Carlton Sheets. She got her real estate license and joined Dolman and Associates in Honolulu. By the time she earned her bachelor’s degree, Laura had also joined the ranks of multi-million dollar producers! THE VALUE OF MENTORSHIP… Laura credits much of her success to the mentorship of Viola “Vi” Dolman, a feisty lady who became some- thing of a pioneer in Hawaii’s real estate market. The founder and president of Dolman Associates, Vi amassed a formidable army of 75 female agents [and one gentleman] who literally made real estate history in the Aloha State. And, Laura was fortunate enough to be there to absorb the wealth of knowledge and inspiration not normally bestowed on agents by their brokers. Call it serendipity, but the more determined Laura became – and the harder she pressed toward her goals – the more frequently she found herself in just the right places. She relished every dram of knowledge and took in every tidbit of wisdom about the industry; not only surviving, but thriving as an entrepreneur. This transformative experience in Hawaii is the framework around which her real estate coaching and mentoring programs are built today. Okay, so is that all there is? Five years after graduation, Laura moved to Mis- souri. She worked tirelessly to add another degree, an MBA in Finance. Then, after attending a conference PAGE 100 • 2017