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 Supplement to the Auburn Journal
 October 2013
 Stacy Graham 
 2013 Auburn Journal Business Woman of the Year!
 
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October, 2013
WOMEN WHO MEAN BUSINESS
Supplement to Gold Country Media
BUSINESS WOMAN OF THE YEAR:
Stacy Graham, Master Technicians3
THE NOMINEES:
Rosie Borba, Cool Florist and Gifts5Margery Cook, KenMar Instrumental Services 8Suzi de Fosset, The Gathering Inn12Veronica Gonzalez, Help at Home Senior Care 16Kim Hughes, The Lazy Cowgirl 17Cheryl Maki, Maki Heating & Air 18Becki McGinnis, Autovantage Service Center 19Melisa Mistler, M3Mall20Natalie Otis, Auburn Gymnastics Center21Jolean Parker, Bowen Therapy22Peggy Seitzinger, Ropers Jewelers23Jackie Weston, API Marketing24Pauline Winters, Wiz Wire25
A 2013 Gold Country Media publication
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 Meet Wanda Carter, manager of Quartz Drive Self Storage. Wanda’s hard work and dedication along with her 15 years experience is the main reason Quartz Drive Self Storage has been voted best of the best 4 years in a row. She opened the facility in 2009 with a vision of making your moving experience as stress free as possible. Her facility is unique here in Auburn as she offers climate controlled units along with units built into the ground which create a great environment for your wine storage needs. She truly enjoys every aspect of her job from her day to day duties of customer service with a “smile”, or problem solving, to maintenance and cleaning. Stop by and meet Wanda and Biscuit let them help you with your storage needs.
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Special thanks to the judges:
Jane Classon, assis-tant vice president, Bank of  America; M.J. Heltsley, salesdirector, Auburn Journal;Beth O’Brien, special sec-tions director, Gold Country Media; Beverly Suemnicht,financial associate, ThriventFinancial for LutheransThis group of womenreviewed the written nomi-nation submissions sepa-rately and scored them inde-pendently. They cametogether as a group to com-pare the scores and tally theresults. The people whonominated the finalists pro-vided them with a very diffi-cult task as they were sothorough with details on themany contributions these women made to the busi-nesses they work for and tothe community they live in.
 
Supplement to Gold Country Media
WOMEN WHO MEAN BUSINESS
October, 2013
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BY PAUL CAMBRA
GOLD COUNTRY NEWS SERVICE
Stacy Graham never saw itcoming.“I’ll bet if you asked any  young lady in high school if shethinks she would be working inan auto repair shop when shegrew up she would say no,” Gra-ham said.But for Stacy Graham, thecareer path less traveled turnedout to be her road to opportuni-ty. Hired by Master Techniciansas an office assistant in 1996,she answered phones, filedpapers and drove their cus-tomers to work. By the end of that year she was promotedto service advi-sor.“She wasfocused fromthe get-go,”said MasterTechnicians owner Jimmy Mul-lenix. “I’ve never worked withanyone so focused on learning and understanding how theautomotive business works.Tenacity, I’d have to put that onher forehead. She’s absolutely amazing.” A little tenacity can go a long  way for a woman making her way in a male-dominated field. While she’s careful not to dis-count the hard work of others,she said she had to learn fasterand quicker than the men. “When you are a female thereis no bluffing, you either know or don’t know,” Graham said. “Ihad to do all the ASE (Automo-tive Service Excellence) testing  just like the technicians do; allthe studying, all the classes.”She completed her Automo-tive Management Certificationand became the service manag-er in 2005. While it’s not in her job description to roll up hersleeves and get the old finger-nails dirty, she said she still feelsthe need to sometimes go outinto the shop and show that shecan do the work and knows what shes talking about.“It’s amazing how males look over her shoulder to talk tosomeone else,” Mullenix said.“Then she starts talking, andonce they get past the intimida-tion part they start listening.She’s so skilled and she knows what she is talking about. A lotof people shoot from the hipbut you can’t do that in thisbusiness.”She is now amanaging partner atMaster Techni-cians, and hasthe full trustand confi-dence of her boss. When Mul-lenix was diagnosed with cancerin 2012 and had to undergochemo and radiation treatmentfor the better part of a year, Gra-ham ran the shop in hisabsence. That move seemed tohave worked out as the shop won the Auburn Journal’s BestIndependent Auto Repair forthe ninth time.“It still brings me to tears when we win,” Graham said.“It’s my staff that’s winning it.The people I work with are ateam, we’re family members. It’samazing to see the looks ontheir faces when we win.”Graham values her staff asmuch as she does her cus-tomers. Many, she said, havebecome close personal friends. “It’s the greatest gift anybody could get when in business,”
KIM PALAFERRI • GOLD COUNTRY NEWS SERVICE
Stacy Graham, managing partner of The Master Technicians in Auburn, was named theAuburn Journal’s 2013 Business Woman of the Year.
Driven to succeed
Stacy Graham named Auburn Journal’s2013 Businesswoman of the Year
THE MASTER TECHNICIANS
Where:
12209 LocksleyLane,Auburn
Info:
(530) 889-9682, mastertechnicians.net
• SEE GRAHAM
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