29 Aug Q&A with Anita Stevens, Project Coordinator
What is most important to you when working with a client?
Communication is key. Whether I am working with a client who has never furnished an office before and doesn’t know what to expect or I’m working with a facility manager who knows about all of the hiccups that can happen, I make sure my communication is clear.
What’s your day-to-day like as a project coordinator?
As project coordinator, every day is different. My job is to I make sure everything is in order: from scheduling projects and completing paperwork to ensuring buildings have what they need and our clients are ready for the product to arrive. I stay on top of the coordination and let the sales staff know what is coming up.
And, since most of our products carry warranties, I handle the details of repairing or placing product. When a client has an issue that needs to be addressed, I submit and follow up on the claims to ensure that their products are fixed and delivered on time.
What’s the best part of your job?
Keeping on top of projects and knowing what is where and when it’s happening. It’s like a big jigsaw puzzle and I put all of the pieces together. I really enjoy it!
Why Contract Furnishings?
I have worked in this industry for years. I started as a receptionist, moving into accounts receivables, purchasing, and now, project management. I have worked for big furniture dealers and small furniture companies. In my last position, I oversaw large installations all over the country. Four years ago, I brought that experience to Contract Furnishings.
What I like about Contract Furnishings is its non-corporate environment. There is no hierarchy here. It’s just about getting your work done. We also have an open door policy. When you need help, a coworker is there for you.
Tell us more about you…
In my spare time, I make and sell jewelry at art shows and vendor fairs with my husband, who is a woodcarver. I have two kids and two cats: Phatty McPhatterson (born on St. Patrick’s Day) and Solo (after Han). I am also a tonsil cancer survivor and have been cancer-free for eight years.