April is known nationally as the month to celebrate administrative professionals, with a special emphasis on legal assistants. AIM is shining a spotlight on a staff member that truly defines the meaning of a dedicated and professional executive assistant, Tammy Love, Executive Assistant to Sharon D. Stuart, President & Claims Counsel.
Tammy Love has worked in the law and insurance industries for 22 years. She started her career working for the Special Deputy Liquidator of insurance companies declared insolvent and placed in receivership. The most memorable experience of her career was working to recover policyholder funds after one of the largest insurance-related fraudulent schemes in U.S. history – a case that lasted 16 years. After the infamous case ended, she began a challenging yet exciting career as a hybrid legal assistant/paralegal for Christian & Small.
At Christian & Small, Tammy focused on assisting with the process of removing cases from state court to federal court and Supreme Court filings.
Her work ethic was noticed, and management recruited Tammy to help train all the new hires. In 2019, Tammy won the Terri Lowrey Spirit Award, which is given annually to a Christian & Small employee who embodies the spirit and qualities that were admired in the award’s namesake – honesty, a giving nature, compassion, grace, determination, cheerfulness, perkiness, faithfulness, fun, loyalty, intelligence and selflessness.
“So many people view their jobs as just a paycheck. I refer to them as ‘time clock employees.’ I believe in giving my all in everything I do. I don’t work until it’s time to go home. I work until the day’s project is finished well. I take pride in what I do.”
Tammy began working with Sharon in 2017 and remained her assistant the entire time she was at the firm, even when she supported four other attorneys. Tammy says Sharon has always been her absolute favorite attorney.
“Sharon is probably the busiest person I’ve ever met,” says Tammy. “She is detail-oriented and has a teaching heart. She can be totally swamped with a project but if anyone has a question, she is never too busy to help.”
Sharon and Tammy have spent many late-night hours working on pleadings, getting things filed and submitted to the Court.
They have laughed and cried together over the years. When an opening for Sharon’s executive assistant presented itself at AIM, Tammy knew that if Sharon was at the helm and believed in the company, Tammy would love it there, too.
“Tammy is the picture of professionalism,” says Sharon D. Stuart, President & Claims Counsel for AIM. “She takes such pride in her work. She wants to do her best in everything, and it shows. And, she is the most positive person I know. There is no job too big or too difficult for her to tackle. Of course, those of us who work with Tammy benefit from those attributes, but so also do our insureds, who can count on a friendly, knowledgeable person on the other end of the line when they have a claim or need help.”
In her free time, Tammy enjoys being with her husband, children, and grandchildren. And she loves to travel! Every August, she looks forward to her vacation with her husband at Sandals All-Inclusive Resort.
Their favorite property is Sandals Negril. There are some fun facts to know about her. Her name, Tamara, means “palm tree” in Hebrew. She has five children (three girls and a set of boy/girl twins) and eight grandchildren (two of whom are also twins). She often quotes lines from movies. She loves the color pink - especially flamingos - and anything tropical or ocean-related.
For those starting their first career or even starting over, Tammy’s advice is to choose a profession that you love. And she likes to refer to a famous Steve Jobs quote:
“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. The only way to do great work is to love what you do.”