Shana Feuling Weber, Vanta Commercial Properties

IB’s Professional of the Week is the premier way to meet Dane County’s professionals. This week features Shana Feuling Weber, chief legal officer for Vanta Commercial Properties LLC.

1. What are the most challenging and rewarding aspects of your job?

My job’s challenges and rewards are one and the same. The diversity and complexity of legal matters makes each day new, different, and … busy. I love to find creative solutions to complex legal problems by collaborating with my team members. At Vanta, most of our legal work is performed in-house, which provides me the unique opportunity to be engaged in various projects and matters and to work closely with our customers, property managers, construction and accounting teams, and brokers each day.

2. Who do you look up to or admire in business?

My parents, Dave and Marilyn Feuling, who purchased and assumed control of my grandfather’s concrete construction business, Feuling Concrete Construction, when I was 8 years old. I admire my parents’ dedication and entrepreneurship, and I appreciate the sacrifice and determination it takes to operate and grow a successful business. I’ve learned so much from them about small business operations and the challenges associated with a growing business. My parents set an amazing example of how to fairly and effectively manage a business, which is something I apply today as part of Vanta’s management team.

3. Thinking back on your career, what advice would you give your 21-year-old self?

As an only child of successful and driven parents, I put a lot of pressure on myself at an early age to succeed, which in turn kept me focused on the “what ifs” and “what’s next.” In retrospect, I would have sat down (probably for coffee) with my 21-year-old self and said, “Don’t stress so much, and try to live in the moment. Everything will work out just fine.”

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4. What is the best thing about living and working in Dane County?

I’ve spent my entire life in Dane County, so I’m definitely biased about how great it is and how proud I am to live, work, and raise my family here. I love that we have big-city amenities (arts, museums, festivals, restaurants, retail, university, parks, and government) with the feel of a small town.

I feel lucky that a lot of the people I work with in my career are not only business associates but also friends. It’s great that I can negotiate a difficult lease transaction on a Friday and get together with that attorney/customer for a Badger tailgate party on Saturday. Dane County is also a prospering community, so there are tremendous opportunities for new and growing businesses, which is essential for our company and the work I do.

5. Do you have any secret talents or abilities that people would be surprised to discover?

I was surprised to discover this year that I have the ability to run long-distance races. I started training in June with a friend as her “running buddy” and then decided to run with her in my first half-marathon in August. After my first race, I was hooked and ran a 10K in September and my second half-marathon in November. Running has become my new passion, and I am looking forward to more racing challenges in 2015.

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