Laura began traveling to manufacturing plants with her father at the age of 7 and took her first job at the age of 14 at MAST Industries, Inc, the sourcing and manufacturing Company her parents founded in 1970. Laura continued to work at MAST in various capacities, and after a few years in New York City making documentary films for PBS and TNT, rejoined MAST. Laura's responsibilities at MAST included product development for Victoria's Secret Catalogue, developing third-party sourcing in Asia, finding Joint Venture partners worldwide, and ultimately heading the Limited Stores Division of MAST in Hong Kong.
In 1997, Laura left MAST to fulfill her own entrepreneurial aspirations, buying a small retail bakery business called Finagle a Bagel, with her husband Alan, in Boston Massachusetts.
Over 10 years, Laura and Alan built Finagle to a 21 store-retail chain and in 2008 founded SJB Bagel Makers of Boston, Inc.- becoming the leading manufacturer of premium artisan bagels for Supermarkets and Club stores nationwide. Finagle a Bagel has been named one of the Commonwealth's Top Woman-Owned Businesses each year since 2004. Laura and Alan still run the daily operations of both SJB and Finagle.
Laura also continues to work with her family's apparel and component manufacturing businesses, Brandot International and Jacob Industries, which her father founded after retiring from MAST in 2000. Laura works as a strategic and investment adviser for both Brandot and Jacob - a half billion-dollar worldwide operation - and is a Member of the Board of its International Holding Company as well as several of its Joint Venture Companies.
Laura sits on the Board of The Children's Hospital Boston Trust as well as the Board of the Diane K. Trust Center for Early Education at Ohabei Shalom - a school she helped found in Brookline Massachusetts. In addition, Laura is a Trustee of the Trust Family Foundation which provides grants to charitable organizations throughout New England.
Laura has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Barnard College, Columbia University, and MBA from the Sloan School of Management at MIT. She is the mother of three beautiful children to whom she is teaching – among other things - the responsibilities of loyal membership in Red Sox Nation.