Embracing Change: Laura Daily’s Journey of Growth

In the bustling world of retail, adaptability and a keen eye for opportunity are essential qualities for success. Laura Daily, an esteemed member of Cumberland University’s Board of Trust, embodies these traits wholeheartedly. Her journey from Ballard Designs to Cracker Barrel’s executive team is not just a tale of career transition but a testament to the power of curiosity, resilience, and the courage to embrace change.

Years into her tenure at Cracker Barrel, Laura reflects on her journey with a mix of nostalgia and excitement. “Where does time go?” she muses, acknowledging the swift passage of time. Yet, amidst the whirlwind of time, she notes that much remains unchanged, albeit evolved. Laura’s advice to young individuals is simple yet profound, “always be curious.”

When Laura first stepped into her role at Cracker Barrel, she had certain expectations. However, as time progressed and her horizons expanded, she confronted new challenges and opportunities. Encouraged by her leaders, she chose to push herself beyond her comfort zone, even if it meant occasionally missing the mark. Her philosophy was simple: give it her all and never shy away from a chance to grow.

One of the most significant aspects of Laura’s journey has been her willingness to take on unexpected responsibilities. From leading the distribution center to overseeing the hotel part of the business, she embraced these challenges enthusiastically. Partnering with other leaders and learning from their expertise became integral to her growth. Laura found joy in the learning experience, relishing every opportunity to expand her skill set.

Throughout her journey, Laura’s greatest moments of fulfillment came when she dared to push beyond her perceived limitations. She recalls a favorite quote from Winston Churchill: “Success is not final; failure is not fatal; it is the courage to continue that counts.” These words encapsulate her approach to both triumphs and setbacks. For Laura, success is not merely a destination but a continuous journey fueled by courage and perseverance.

Part of Laura’s journey of success is found in her deep commitment to her community and passions beyond the corporate sphere. A member of Cumberland University’s Board of Trust, Laura has actively contributed to educational initiatives, advocating for learning and growth. Alongside her husband, Chad Martin, Laura owns Laurel Farms Sport Horses, a middle Tennessee-based farm focused on horse breeding. Here, they nurture their shared passion and a belief in promoting equestrian pursuits in their community. 

Through her unwavering curiosity, resilience, and courage, she has thrived in her role and become a beacon of inspiration for those around her. As she continues to chart new territories, one thing remains certain: Laura’s journey is far from over, and the best is yet to come.

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