Barrington Hills resident, Angela LeMay, was one of six alumni recognized by Harper College on Monday, October 29. The annual program celebrates the achievements of exceptional individuals who have graduated from the community college.
LeMay is the chief financial officer of Refurbished Office Environments, a company she runs with her husband. With nearly $50 million in sales, ROE is a leader in the recycled office furniture business.
As an early graduate of Rolling Meadows High School, LeMay was just 16 when she enrolled at Harper in 1987.
“My family wasn’t willing to pay for school when I didn’t know what I wanted to do or study and Harper definitely provided that perfect base education,” says LeMay.
At Harper, she was inspired by French language professor, Vera Jarecky, and took all of her classes.
“She was such a classy, elegant lady. She instilled in me a life-long love of France.”
Her French fluency helped LeMay land her first job as an international flight attendant, where she traveled to France extensively.
LeMay continued her education and graduated summa cum laude from North Park University, earning both her bachelor’s in business administration and an MBA.
LeMay sits on the Board of Directors for the Buddy Foundation, an animal shelter based in Arlington Heights. She is also on the advisory board of the Barrington Youth Dance Ensemble.
“Harper taught me how to build confidence, an asset that has driven me to succeed in the business world. But the school also gave me an appreciation of my local community. I think it’s important to make an impact locally and give back to the community.”