Name: Hunter Rowe
Position: Business Development Coordinator, Norton Rose Fulbright
Hometown: Ganado, Texas
Education: B.A., Communication, St. Edward’s University
What was your very first job, how old were you and what was the biggest takeaway from the experience?
I worked at Subway shortly after turning 16. The customer service component taught me a lot about working with a broad range of personalities and the mindset required for keeping one’s composure.
At what point in your life did you realize you wanted to pursue a legal career and why are you passionate about your profession?
I’ve been interested in the legal industry since around middle school. I remember being very interested in the idea of shaping arguments, and I also really liked the show Boston Legal. I enjoy legal marketing because it keeps me challenged, and I never stop learning.
What time do you typically get up on a workday, and what’s your ideal morning routine to get it off to a great start?
I typically wake up around 8:00 a.m. after snoozing several times. My dream routine would be to wake up early, exercise, meditate, and drink coffee while watching the morning news. This is far from my current reality, but it’s a work in progress!
What’s something about your job that might surprise people?
I think people would be surprised by the personalities I work with. I tend to assume the ego continually inflates with success, but that has rarely been the case in my experience. Some of the nicest people I’ve worked with have also been at the top of their professions.
What’s the greatest personal or professional obstacle you’ve had to overcome, and how did you do it?
It’s difficult to pinpoint one single event, but I'm proud that I've been able to continually push myself to overcome different types of adversity and adopt an optimistic outlook on (almost) anything life throws my way.
What are your best productivity hacks?
No life-changing tips here, but lists and exceptional document organization make life much easier for me.
What’s a leadership skill you’ve learned the hard way?
One lesson I’ve learned the hard way is knowing how and when to ask for help.
What are some of your hobbies or favorite things to do in your free time?
I like the simple things: food, television, audiobooks (I can’t seem to read an actual book anymore), family time, and dogs.
Tell us about some of your volunteer efforts in the community and why you support those causes/organizations.
Over the past several years I’ve delivered lunch orders to seniors through Meals on Wheels. I enjoy it because I’ve seen through my own grandparents how difficult it can be to leave the house or prepare a meal at home on a regular basis. It’s such a small task that seems to make a big difference.
You’re taking me out to a business lunch in [your city]. Where are we going and what do you recommend I order?
We’d have to escape downtown and go to Julio’s Café in Hyde Park. I love their chicken enchiladas with green tomatillo salsa.
Honestly, I’d probably recommend skipping lunch and going to happy hour at Ciclo (downstairs at the Four Seasons). It’s ridiculously inexpensive and delicious!
What’s one of the smartest purchases you’ve ever made? What’s one of the dumbest?
I don’t regret spending money on travel. One of the dumbest is probably a yearlong gym membership, which I used once.
Can you name someone who has had a great impact on you as a leader, or someone who has been a mentor to you in your life or career? How have they changed your outlook?
For me, it’s more about the collective group of people in my life rather than a specific person. I try to learn something different from everyone, whether they intend it or not. Professionally, my local LMA group has provided a tremendous source of encouragement and direction.
What is something you are absolutely determined to do in life?
I am absolutely determined to become a fluent Spanish speaker. I studied Spanish in high school and college, and I know quite a bit. However, I still have this lingering barrier between intermediacy and fluency that I believe will require considerable effort to overcome.