Celebrating October Anniversaries!

Helen_Barnes_BioAlthough Helen is only celebrating her first anniversary with Stockton Graham & Co., she is a veteran of the coffee industry with eight years of experience as a barista and store manager. Our resident mixologist, her passion is creating unique beverages that thrill and delight the customer. Helen’s philosophy is that every cup of coffee should be an experience and she is always happy to do drink preparation demonstrations with our customers, or recommend a favorite recipe. Part of the fun of being in the coffee industry for Helen is finding someone’s favorite drink, whether that be a specific single origin coffee or a complex frappe with all the dressings. Her mission is to share her experience and enthusiasm for coffee and specialty beverages with our customers while equipping them with the tools to really “wow” their own customers.

At Stockton Graham & Co., we have many different personalities who are dedicated to helping our customers understand the coffees and the business of coffee.  Helen has the same desire to help our customers and other team members not only learn about coffees and specialty drinks, but also adds the extra touch to enable our customers and their baristas to give their store and drinks the extra distinctive personalized edge. Her effervescent, glittery personality and smile comes through to help us all shine brighter and better (and have more fun!!).  We are fortunate to have Helen and her energy to add more sparkle to our cast of coffee personalities at Stockton Graham & Co.” – Jeff Vojta, President and Co-Founder, Stockton Graham & Co. 

“Helen’s passion for our customers and their success is infectious and she is my go-to-girl for the latest trends in the coffee industry. Her creativity and imagination seems to know no bounds and that really shows in the drink combinations she comes up with. I always look forward to sampling her latest concoction. If you get the chance to try her cinnamon coffee, I suggest you take it.” – Alisa Dixon, Marketing Associate at Stockton Graham & Co. 

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Stockton Graham & Co. Plans for Growth with Additions to Team

Jeff Vojta, co-founder and President of Stockton Graham & Co., has announced the promotion of Matthew Hogan to Customer Care Supervisor, as well as the addition of Joshua Hamilton and Katie Barnes as Customer Care Associates.

Matthew Hogan has been a Customer Care Associate for Stockton Graham & Co. since 2010, assisting coffeehouse owners in finding the right specialty coffees, beverage products and equipment to provide customers with a unique coffeehouse experience. In his new role as Customer Care Supervisor, Hogan will assist in coordinating, training and coaching the customer care group to help the company continue to deliver outstanding customer service to customers, as well as increase the company’s sales and profitability.

“Matthew has proven to be such a valued customer care team member, and I’m proud to be able to recognize him with these new duties,” said Vojta. “His strong business development and marketing background has helped strengthen our inside sales efforts, and we’re ready to take that to the next level. I’m looking forward to empowering him to take on the management responsibilities required in this new role.”

Joshua Hamilton has served as a manager in the beverage industry and barista since 2000, including roles at Bushiban Coffee Co. and Flying Saucer Draught Emporium. He holds an Associates in Science degree in Business from Louisburg College.

Katie Barnes was the owner of Leapin’ Lizards coffeehouse from 2009-2012. Previously, she worked there as a Barista and then Manager. Barnes holds a Bachelor of Arts in Hospitality Management from East Carolina University.

As Customer Care Associates, Hamilton and Barnes will be responsible for assisting customers in finding the right specialty coffees, beverages, equipment and accessories to provide a unique coffeehouse experience to their guests.

According to Vojta, “Josh and Katie bring a variety of skills that will be of great value to our customers and enhance all of our skills as a team. I’m confident these new hires will position us for a prosperous 2013.”

For more information about Stockton Graham & Co.® and its products, or to place an order, call 800.835.5943.