Interviews with Gurus: Adrienne Braumiller
Our featured Guru this month is Adrienne Braumiller!
Adrienne is the founder of Braumiller Law Group PLLC and an innovative force in the international trade law arena. With more than 25 years of experience, she is widely recognized as a leading authority in Customs, import, export, foreign-trade zones, free trade agreements and ITAR compliance.
How did your International Trade Career begin?
My love of international trade began when I met my college counselor at SMU – who was an attorney from the Netherlands and who helped counsel the Ambassador to Belize. She was the one who encouraged me wayyyyy back in the early 80’s to pursue a career in international trade law. So although my career did not start then – it was a seminal moment that helped me on this path.
If you could time travel back to day one of your career and have 5 min with your former self to communicate any lessons you’ve acquired with the intention of saving yourself mistakes and heart ache, what is the one thing you would tell yourself?
Just to take it a day at a time; not to panic when things don’t go according to plan.
What are your non-work habits that help you with your work-life balance?
Having a positive and patient attitude with a dash of enthusiasm helps life be more enjoyable.
What is the best advice you received in your career?
That’s a tough one. Probably that no one is indispensable – so try to leave your mark in spite of it. I think the best way to do that is to always do your best, but also to be humble, kind and grateful for the opportunities given.
What is your favorite “career” memory?
I will change the names to protect the guilty – ha-ha – but I had a much older attorney suggest I was crazy to start a customs and trade lawfirm at the tender age of 30 – that it couldn’t be done. Well, luckily I love a challenge!
What do you think your greatest accomplishment has been?
To build a phenomenal team of expert attorneys and trade advisors in an environment that focuses on each individual’s strengths.
What were some of the biggest lessons that have impacted the way that you work?
That not everyone thinks the same way I do – having an open mind to new ways of doing things.
If you were to do it all over again, what would you do differently?
Hard to say – I have learned so much from my mistakes.
What habits helped make you successful?
Hard work, perseverance, embracing a can-do attitude, finding humor even in tough times; lastly, employing the “Golden Rule”.
What mindsets do you feel helped make your successful?
Being positive and having faith that everything would work out. Not being afraid to take risks because you may fail – because you may also succeed!
What was the biggest risk you took in your career?
Leaving a great job in San Francisco to moving to the Dallas area with little money to start a firm when I did not have any clients.
What do you think were the top three factors in contributing to your successful career?
I am starting to sound redundant, but I’d say, tenacity, enthusiasm and optimism.
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