Our business manager, Amy Wilcox, has been with us since September of last year. But though she’s heavily involved in the day to day operations of our business, many of our clients and friends still haven’t met her! So, we thought that this week we’d take a moment to introduce you to Amy!
Well I came from a corporate environment. I was with Safelite for over twenty years and it was mostly a great experience. But when it came time to look for a new job, I wanted something new. I still wanted some stability though so as I cast my net and started researching companies, I was impressed that though Crimson was a small company, it had not only survived the recession and 15 years of industry changes, but had thrived. I felt that this would be a stable company but also one that I could help grow. I was also really intrigued by the fact that Crimson is so heavily involved in giving back. I sit on the board of a charitable organization so charity and philanthropy are very important to me. I liked the idea of working at a place that encourages their clients and employees to look beyond themselves and strive to make a lasting difference.
Did you have any qualms about working in such a different industry?
When I first interviewed with Crimson I was worried that I was a “square peg” in a “round hole” situation. I don’t come from a creative background and I worried that I wouldn’t be a good fit, or even that the office wouldn’t feel like a good fit for me. But when I came in for my interview, I immediately felt at home. I was greeted by people in the office and everyone was welcoming. And of course, the space is beautiful so that didn’t hurt. When I met with Cheryl and Luis, I asked them what they wanted to accomplish in their business and their answer made me immediately want to join the company. They said that they wanted to improve the lives of their employees and also the lives of people all around the world. That really resonated with me.
What has surprised you the most about Crimson?
Honestly I’m continuously surprised by how well the company’s culture has taken root with the staff. You can lead by example and demonstrate to your employees what the culture of your company is but that doesn’t mean that everyone will “buy in” necessarily. But at Crimson, everyone is genuinely collaborative, supportive, and kind towards one another. I really was surprised that among the designers there’s so much collaboration and camaraderie. There’s no cut-throat behavior, no one has a “me me me” attitude, and ego has nothing to do with it. Everyone works together and in sync towards a common goal, which is the way it should be.
What’s your favorite part of your job?
Truly, the people. I like to see people be successful and succeed in what they’re doing. I want to give people the opportunity to thrive and in my job, I get to do that.
Where do you see the company going in ten years?
I don’t know yet! But in my wildest dreams, I imagine Crimson being a household name in the world of luxury interior design. How cool would that be?
Who is someone you admire, and why?
I’d say… a previous boss of mine. He really taught me what it is to lead people. He truly believed that everyone is deserving of respect and that you should lift all of your people up regardless of their background. Boss is a hard word, you know? You lead your team but you really have to serve them too. You don’t walk in front if you’re a good manager. You walk side by side. He taught me all of that.
Do you have any hobbies?
Oh I love to garden! It’s so relaxing. And I also love a good book.
Amy is a wonderful addition to our team, and we’re continuing to grow! Keep your eyes peeled for more “New Staff” profiles in the coming months!