This month we are pleased to feature Stephanie Stedman. Stephanie and her husband are the 4th generation operating their family farm near Burr, Nebraska. Stephanie is passionate about animal health and the agriculture industry and is a wonderful addition to our Direct Contact team. Please enjoy reading more about Stephanie in this month's Contractor Spotlight.
How did you get involved with DCI?
I had been working for an animal health company and our team restructured and my position was eliminated. At the end of last year, one of my past co-workers made me aware of opportunities with DCI and I'm so glad that he did!
Tell us about your background:
After high school, I pursued a degree in veterinary technology. When I was working at a vet clinic, I got to know some of the pharmaceutical representatives who inspired me to work in sales. I took a job working for a veterinary distributor and I loved building relationships with customers. I earned a Bachelors Degree in Business Management and spent almost 20 years working in the animal health field.
What is the best thing about being a DCI Contractor?
I enjoy the challenge of being a project lead! There are so many different aspects of the job, they keep my days really interesting. This position has allowed me to utilize my skills in relationship building and customer service. I love the flexibility of working for DCI, especially with having a young family and farm.
Tell us about your home and family.
My husband, Neil and I along with our 2 children Mardy (5) and Bridger (2) live near Burr, Nebraska. We are proud to be raising the 5th generation of Stedman’s on the family farm. We grow corn and soybeans.
What was your first job?
I was a babysitter for my first job.
What are your hobbies and interests?
I love going to Red Dirt/Country Rock concerts. I enjoy the outdoors and going on adventures with my family. We love to hike and visit state and National Parks. I like going to Husker sporting events and College World Series baseball games. I also love getting together with family, so our children can enjoy their grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins.
What do you do the first hour of the morning?
During the week, I get up, take a shower, make coffee and get myself and 2 little ones ready for the day. I drive my son to daycare and my daughter to preschool. On the weekends we relax and make big breakfasts with crepes, bacon, and eggs.
What are you ordering for your favorite meal?
Shrimp and a loaded baked potato.
What are your greatest achievements?
Having and raising our 2 children.
What three people (living or not) would you invite to a dinner party?
My two Grandmothers that are no longer with us and my late father-in-law, who I never got the chance to meet.
What are your favorite sports teams and music groups?
I cheer for the Cheifs and all of the Nebraska Husker sports teams. For music groups, I'm a big Whiskey Myers and Blackberry Smoke fan.
Tell us about your favorite pet.
Baxter was my black lab that I had for over 13 years. He was a very special dog in my life! Our current dog Penny has been with us for 8 years. She's a wonderful dog and my husband's best friend and sidekick!
What was the first concert you attended?
What is your guilty pleasure?
I like watching murder mysteries.
Where in the world are you dying to visit?
What is the best piece of advice you have ever received?
Enjoy this life!