Leadership Spotlight on Shannon LaRocque, PE - Class of 2009

Alumni Relations Committee
January 21, 2013



Who encouraged you to apply? Jeff Koons

How has LPBC affected you? I established new business connections and made some friends for life.

What was your fondest memory? My fondest memory was the retreat especially the T-Shirt spotlight at the retreat.

Something unexpected or surprising that you derived from LPBC:   I realized how much I knew about the history of Palm Beach County

How have you stayed involved in LPBC since graduating? My job has kept me from being actively engaged but I have a strong desire to do so.

Where do you work? I am the Assistant County Administrator for Palm Beach County Board of County Commission. I am charged with overseeing the County’s $300 Million Bioscience Initiative including overseeing both the Scripps and Max Planck Grant Agreements. Additionally, I oversee the development of the $100 Million Convention Center Hotel, the County’s Water Utilities Department with a $160 Million annual budget and countywide economic development efforts.

What is your favorite aspect of your job?  I am able to make a tremendous positive impact on the lives of the residents of Palm Beach County as a policy advisor to the Board of County Commission.

Your education:  Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, University of South Florida 1988

Your civic and community involvement:  Most of my community involvement efforts are related to my job as an Assistant County Administrator. I am most proud of my leadership role in securing a $50 Million grant which facilitated the construction and operation of the County’s Senator Phil Lewis Homeless Resource Center.

Your Professional/trade industry associations:  I have been active with the Florida Engineering Society for 24 years. In 2003 I was elected to serve as the Society’s first female State President. The Society represents the interests of all Professional Engineers in the State of Florida. I currently sit on the Board of Directors of the Florida Engineering Management Corporation.

Your family:  I am married to my husband Koos Baas and together we have four (4) daughters, Roxane 28, Yasmijn 25, Lauren 19 and Renee 14. My daughters are Lauren and Renee.

City of Birth:  Greenwich, Connecticut

Place of Residence:  Wellington, Florida

First Job:  Project Engineer with Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc.

Word that best describes you:   Professional

Your motto:  Rationalization of individual self interest leads to collective ruin.

What brought you to Palm Beach County?    My parents moved here from New York in 1970

How long have you lived in Palm Beach County:  43 Years

Where would we find you on a Saturday afternoon?  Tiki Bar at Riviera Beach Marina

What is your idea of perfect happiness?  A healthy happy family

What talent would you most like to have?     To play the piano

Would not leave home without:  Sunglasses

What do you consider your greatest achievement?  My proudest professional moment was receiving the 2012 Professional Engineers in Government Achievement and Service in the United States Award from the National Society of Professional Engineers which recognizes one Professional Engineer in the Nation for their contributions to the engineering profession. I am also proud to have been appointed to serve as the first woman State President of the Florida Engineering Society.  My proudest personal achievement is realizing my daughters are growing up to be educated, respectful and productive citizens who will give back to their community.

Greatest Extravagance:  Weekly manicure and pedicure

Mentor:  John Potts, PE

Who are your real life heroes?  My husband and my father

Person most interested in meeting:  Dali Lama

Life motto:  Love more, Laugh more and worry less

Best vacation you have taken:  National Geographic cruise to the Galapagos Islands.

Last Vacation:  Paris

Place you most want to visit:  Maldives

Most interesting place you have visited:  Galapagos

Last book(s) read and favorite writer:  James Patterson and John Grisham

Favorite spot in Palm Beach County:  Bike riding on the Palm Beach Lake Trail

Favorite Restaurant:  Oli’s in Wellington

Favorite Movie:  Pirate Radio

Favorite TV Show:  Property Brothers

Best decision:  Marrying my husband

Worst decision:  I have no regrets       

Toughest decision:  Leaving my prior job to become the Scripps Program Manager for the County

Goal yet to be achieved:  Have both my daughters, Lauren and Renee, graduate from college

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