Life can be a lot like a complicated puzzle, trying to make all the pieces fit together. For Stephanie Zamora joining the SDLA team was just another piece to the puzzle, and we’re glad she’s such a great fit. Organization is a part of Stephanie’s DNA so she loves making sure the office is in tip-top shape. When she’s not greeting guests or helping with events, Stephanie is her son’s number one fan on the baseball field, and she enjoys sharing her love for Mexico and road trips with him. Working at SDLA for Stephanie is like visiting a whole new world. There is so much to learn and she’s excited to explore the industry. While Stephanie hits the books on lighting, are you ready to study up on our newest administrative assistant?

Q: What attracted you to SDLA?

SZ: When I heard about the opening within SDLA, a friend of mine who works for CED- a local electrical distributor- spoke very highly of the company and encouraged me to apply. He knew I was looking for a new start with growth opportunity, which made me excited to interview for the position. What really sold me on SDLA was how comfortable and natural the interview process was with Kristin. I felt welcomed and that I could talk to her openly about my experiences which echoed with the rest of the company.

Q: What’s your day to day like in the office?

SZ: Within the day-to-day operations, there are a lot of moving parts. This position really speaks to the strengths of my personality because I’m naturally very organized and I enjoy being orderly and detail-oriented, which comes in handy when opening the office each day and ensuring events go off without a hitch! Throughout the week I help coordinate product trainings and sales meetings, order and stock all supplies and sample materials, keep the warehouse organized, complete submittal packages, as well as manage incoming and outgoing shipments.

Q: What is your favorite part of your job and what has been the most rewarding thus far?

SZ: My favorite part about my job is how there is so much to still learn, and now when I am out walking around, the first thing I notice is the light fixtures- something I wouldn’t have noticed before being in this industry. What has been rewarding for me so far is how grateful everyone is. If I set up a lunch and learn for a visiting manufacturer, they are sure to give their thanks for having everything handled for them. The sales team appreciates anything I can do to help them and how quickly I try to work. I also work closely with the quotes team in order to send off submittal requests to our distributors; it’s rewarding to help them wherever I can.

Q: What do you like best about the culture at SDLA?

SZ: I’ve experienced a wide variety of jobs, looking for one that would be the right fit. SDLA has been one of the best jobs I’ve ever had, and the culture here contributes a lot to that reasoning. From day one, I’ve felt very welcomed and a part of the team. Everyone knows when to rally around a problem and when to celebrate someone’s accomplishment which creates a unique workplace. Since I’m so new to the lighting industry, I feel fortunate to have coworkers that are helpful and willing to teach at any moment; there is so much to learn, and I have great leaders helping me along the way.