Homeport Employee Profile: Valorie Schwarzmann

Title:  Chief Financial Officer

Responsibilities: As Homeport’s CFO I am responsible for managing the financial risks of the organization including financial planning, record keeping, cash management, and financial analysis. The Asset Management Department, which specifically focuses on the financial and physical health of our almost 40 rental communities, reports to me.

What do you like most about the organization?

I was appointed to the Homeport Board of Directors in 2007, and in 2010 joined the Homeport staff.  Undoubtedly, what I like most about the organization is the people who work here, the people (our partners) who work with us to make a difference, and, above all -- our residents. 

Many of these people have become my friends. I don’t know what could be more fun than to work with friends every day doing something that is, in the words of Maya Angelou, “really intent on making this a better place for all people.”

What have you done in your career that you are most proud of, or that people may not be aware of?

I was a tax accountant for many years as well as a trust administrator at Huntington National Bank.  Somehow I even managed to pass the bar exams in both Massachusetts and Ohio and killed myself to pass the CPA exam.  I have always loved my jobs.  I loved the technical tax, accounting, law, business and investment “puzzles.” 

But, nothing was as much fun as being a mentor for those coming right out of school, or those trying to figure out “what they wanted to do when they got older.”  Somehow I became that “older” person faster than I thought I would have.  Helping someone to figure out what career and/or job would make them happy was challenging, sometimes heart-wrenching, and always rewarding.  I also loved talking about changing careers and how someone could achieve “work/life balance.”  The work/life balance that worked for me was not always the same that would work for others.  Exploring the right answers and now watching from afar some of those formerly young staff people become successful pillars of the community makes me proud that they became all that they could become… and more than they had ever dreamed possible. 

Favorite things I do outside of work?

Nothing is more important to me than spending time with my entire and extended family.  My husband is my college roommate’s brother.  We married 24 years after he moved his sister into our dorm room at Ohio Wesleyan. “Ohio” family time is spent with my husband, his family and my Ohio Wesleyan college roommates (all of them who are scattered throughout Ohio and Kentucky).  We all travel together (cruising is our favorite vacation) and we create something to celebrate as often as possible together. 

My “Connecticut” family consists of my parents and my five (5) younger sisters and their families.  We still are each other’s best friends.   Getting us all together is always quite loud and a whole lot of fun.  Since we were all little kids, we were taught two principles that we were expected to live by:  First and foremost:  The Golden Rule…that it was our obligation to treat others in the same way that we would like to be treated: with kindness and respect.  And second:  Those to whom much is given, much is required.   Although I can’t say that I live those maxims all day every day, they are at least the little voice in my head whenever I am faced with a decision or a plan of action.

I love reading, movies, operas, Broadway plays and symphonies.  I could recommend a book for virtually any reader’s interest and tell you which of the newest movies you should see or avoid. I can suggest the best Hallmark Christmas movie to watch.

I used to play the piano, flute and oboe. A long time ago, in the ‘70s, I played in a traveling Colonial Fife and Drum Corps. I only wish that my musical talents came close to my love of music.