Employee Spotlight – Mary Alice Tourdot
Each month Legacy will be spotlighting one of their employees! This month features Legacy Inspection Group’s General Manager: Mary Alice Tourdot.
How long have you been with Legacy Inspection Group?
9 years as of September 7th
What do you love most about Legacy Inspection Group?
I love all of my coworkers! I just love the connection with the office staff, inspectors, and talking with people every day. I love the fact that we take great pride in the connection and relationship with our agents, too. I’ve built some great relationships over the years – it’s such a great, rewarding place to work.
What excites you about your career?
I’m a people person and I enjoy all the interactions and speaking with people all day long. The buyers, agents, their personal lives, careers, etc.. My coworkers and I, Andreanna and Bob, are a team and we work so well together and enjoy each other’s company. I look forward to going to work every day and enjoying the friendship I have created. I am part of the family that started this company, but management treats their employees so well. They have made us seem like a family even if we’re not blood related, so we all want to grow with the company.
What are some of your favorite activities outside of work?
Main focus is on my four beautiful grandchildren. Two sons and two daughters. I do a LOT with them! As far as personal activity, I love taking VERY long walks, it clears my brain. Early in the morning or late at night. I used to enjoy golf as well. Spending time with my family, grandchildren, going out with friends, I’m involved with my church (lector for many years), etc.
What is your favorite food/restaurant?
I have to choose?! There are way too many favorites. Farmhouse on North in Barrington would have to be my favorite. Megan’s the owner and her mom is Pam and we’ve been friends for over 30 years! I also LOVE salmon.
What is something most people don’t know about you?
Believe it or not, I did not speak until I was maybe 12 or 13. I was DEATHLY shy. I grew up in Schiller Park but then moved to Barrington. If the nuns at St. Ann’s in Barrington asked me a question an I would hang my head down and turn bright purple and pray someone would take over for me. I still have my one dear friend who has known me since I was 10 years old who can vouch that is true because no one else can believe it! I am such a social person now.
What kind of music do you like?
70s! I always listen to Sirius XM 70s on 7. Disco chicks, pop, rock, I love it all!
What is a favorite memory from your childhood?
Going with my whole family to my grandfather’s two cottages in Fontana, Wisconsin, right off of lake Geneva. We’d go every summer. I just loved the beach, bbqs, my grandparents, cousins, ice cream. It was just so much family fun. I’m the oldest of 6: 4 girls and one boy, after brother Billy, 6 1/2 years later came by sister Joann.
Who is someone that inspires you and why?
My mother. She lives in Marco Island now; she inspires me every single day. I tell her every day I will fall short of her. She did so much for her kids, grandparents, father, she was always providing for everyone. Phenomenal cook, caregiver, loving mother, caring and kind, highly faithful and involved in the church, she’s just a wonderful, giving lady. I try to emanate her liveliness and passion for life. Shes one terrific person. Shes done everything with such ease (in my eyes at least): she ran a family business out of the home, always had a meal on the table every single night of our lives, she prepared for11 people when we moved out to our grandparents. She was always throwing business parties and doing so much, I’d be so overwhelmed!
What’s the next place on your travel bucket list?
Back in 2003 I went to a pilgrimage to Italy, so i really want to go back! I went to Trevey fountain and threw 3 coins over my shoulder, so they say that means you will return some day. I hope to go back with my husband because he let me go the first time and tended to our girls while I was gone. Not only that, but he also tended to Pam’s kids so that she could come with me. I’d love to take my husband because he’s so deep into our faith – I just know that he would love to see all of Rome. My grandfather was born in northern Italy as well, so I would love to visit my grass roots. I was so close to him and would love to go back one day.