Celebrating Anniversaries in February

This month we celebrate two Stockton Graham & Co. associates’ anniversaries. The first is Katie Barnes, a Customer Care Associate who has been assisting customers with their orders and choosing new products to help build their sales and success for one year. The second is Steve May of our Accounting and Finance Group, who has been helping us and our customers process their orders, making sure we have the right onerous sales and use tax forms, and assisting with a variety of other activities for nine years. We are honored to have each of them involved with Stockton Graham & Co. and our customers.

Katie BarnesKatie started her coffee career several years ago as a barista while in high school and then college for one of our local customers. She eventually bought out the multi-location shops and operated them as her own for a number of years before selling them and joining us.

“It is an honor to have a long-term customer decide they would like to work for you and all of our customers.”
~Jeff Vojta, President and co-founder

“Katie has been a great resource for our customers. She uses her real-world experience to advise our customers about our products and how to promote them effectively.  She understands both the art and business of coffee.”
~Thom Swain, Director of Southeast Business Development

Steve MaySteve May came to us as an accounting assistant, first as a contract employee, and then full-time. His initial role was to assist Cliff Albright, who was serving as our controller at the time, on routine accounting tasks.  However, as our trust in Steve has grown and he has gained greater knowledge on our operations, our industry and our customers, he has steadily become one of our most trusted colleagues.  He has attended coffee conferences, visited some of our producers at origin, and been a key factor for our continued success as a company, providing our customers with great coffees and superior industry knowledge.

“Steve’s insight and experience service as an integral part of our management team, along with me, Cliff and Brandon, our roastmaster.  During the past 9 years, we have come to know Steve and his wife, and now his young son as more than colleagues, but friends and a part of our extended Stockton Graham & Co. family.”
~Jeff Vojta, President and co-founder

“Steve has been instrumental in helping Stockton Graham &Co. grow and serve our customers. I know that our finance and accounting operations run smoothly with him, and that has enabled me and the company to add more products and services for our customers.”
~Cliff Albright, shareholder and COO