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Lauren Thomas



member since Apr 17 2024


My skills

Since I was a young girl, I have always been fascinated with travel, real estate, and architecture. I have always been very detail-oriented into doing research on destinations, activities, exploring properties or hos.  I currently work in construction by purchasing materials to build houses and multifamily projects. I also have 6 years of experience being a Nanny for a family, experience in customer-service and retail, and experience in Hospitality. I am creative, organized, and analytical.

Languages Spoken

English (Mother Tongue) Italian (Beginner) Spanish (Beginner) Turkish (Beginner)

Full CV / Resume

Professional Experience

Dream Finders Homes      Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Purchasing Agent    May 2022– Current 

 - Selected to direct all managerial related responsibilities in absence of a formal manager

- Developed and implemented a vendor evaluation system that assessed supplier performance based on quality, delivery, and cost

- Created training materials for company policies and procedures

- Researched and introduced new products to match market trends

-  Wrote and expedited purchase orders by researching through architectural plans, lot specifications, structural options, and pricing sheets under tight deadlines

- Managed bid processes by negotiating pricing with subcontractors

-  Conduct accurate quantity take-offs and estimates for homebuilding projects

-  Planned and facilitated a vendor appreciation event which included safety procedures, divisional projections, new communities, and networking

Horton    Tampa, Florida 

Executive Assistant to Vice President of Operations     Aug. 2021 – Apr. 2022 

- Assisted VP of Operations with managing 3 divisions over the West Florida region, equaling over 125 communities

- Assisted VP of Operations in managing the Purchasing, Permitting, Design, Warranty, and IT departments

- Facilitated meetings between departments and architects to discuss future home plans for each community to ensure product maintenance, residential development, and implementation

-  Responsible for drafting and monitoring reports to ensure community projects were started on time

- Trained CFO and Purchasing Managers of other Horton divisions on budgets and tracking

Horton    Tampa, Florida 

Purchasing Intern     May 2021 – Aug. 2021

- Assisted the purchasing department with processing purchase and change orders, updating features lists, updating project vendor lists, distributing design changes, keeping plans updated, maintaining contract files, researching invoice and purchase order issues

- Rotated between Purchasing, Permitting, Construction, Warranty, Sales, Marketing, Land, and Acquisition departments to learn about the homebuilding and development process

NAI TALCOR     Tallahassee, Florida

Administrative Assistant     Feb. 2020 – Dec. 2020

- Answered, transferred, and responded to sales calls and provided general sales information on specific commercial real estate properties

- Greeted guests while managing check-in process and assisting the property management team by processing receipts for rental properties

- Assisted management with ad hoc requests and other day-to-day tasks

VOYA Financial      Tallahassee, Florida

Administrative Assistant      Sept. 2019 - Jan 2020

- Filed paperwork in accordance to client information, and reached out to clients when necessary

- Helped financial representative with Roth IRA's, 401K's, and help with investment plans

- Prepared reports and documents such as excel worksheets

- Assisted management with ad hoc requests and other day-to-day tasks

TJX Company - Marshalls     Trinity, Florida

Retail Sales Associate        June 2016 - Sept. 2019

- Responsible for handling cash transactions

- Arranged products on store racks in appealing manner and ensured accurate pricing

- Handled customer inquiries and assisted shoppers in locating merchandise

- Sold credit cards to local shoppers

Multiple Families      Trinity, Florida

Caretaker/Nanny      Mar. 2014 - Apr. 2022

- Duties included picking up children from school or summer camp, driving children to after-school activities, cooking, cleaning, and providing help with homework

Medical Center of Trinity     Trinity, Florida

Volunteer     Aug. 2015 - Aug 2016

- Helped the Obstetrics Unit with filing paperwork, or any ad hoc responsibilities needed

- Helped with security of the Obstetrics Unit to ensure the safety of the mothers and babies


Florida State University      Tallahassee, Florida

Bachelor of Science in Real Estate

Minor in Hospitality

Full Semester Abroad: Florence, Italy

- Habitat for Humanity Member


About Me

My hobbies and interests include kayaking, hiking, playing sports such as softball/baseball, American soccer, going for walks by the ocean or scenic areas with my dog. I love to plan trips to travel to new areas throughout the United States on the weekends, when possible. I enjoy bringing a friend along, or my dog. Experiencing new places and being able to try new food and see different cultures is what I enjoy most! I am also very passionate about art, architecture, design, and real estate.

Where I am available for work and when

Available for work - Travelling - not available