The quality of a person’s life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavor.
Valerie Shaver is a project managing powerhouse. She’s a champ at solving problems, an expert at making things work. Her curiosity is insatiable, and her energy makes her nearly unstoppable. For the bulk of her career, Valerie has run successful companies, managed luxury apartment communities, and served in multiple capacities for non-profit organizations like the Alzheimer’s Association, First Friends Church, the North Canton YMCA, the Canton Montessori School, The Visiting Nurse Society of Stark County, and the Margaret Shipley Child Health Clinic. Philanthropy, she says, is her life. She believes in pouring back blessings and chooses causes that have touched her emotionally or spiritually.
Once a year, Valerie and her husband team up to create one-of-a-kind, hand-carved treasures—old-world Santas, animals and ornaments. First he carves, then she layers with watercolors, letting the wood grain show through. She also gets into golf; Valerie can play an entire round with her five wood, and there are witnesses to attest to the fact.
Cassel Bear, Valerie says, exemplifies the type of integrity, service, and teamwork she respects. Her role as project manager allows her to use and stretch her skill sets while enjoying the fruits of the team’s collaborative efforts. She calls her co-workers “the icing on the cake,” and is honored to work among such an amazing group of bright, personable people.
What Val rocks: Project management that could win her a spot on The Apprentice, friendliness that uplifts anyone’s day, the ability to multi-task like an octopus, and keeping the choco-nivorous employees of Cassel Bear supplied with Ghiradelli sweets.