#PeopleOfStaffords is a new blog series featuring employees from our 7 Landmark Locations. We will feature one individual, giving you a behind-the-scenes look at the people leading our day-to-day operations.
- Tell us, Jody, how did you end up in northern Michigan? Brian and I ended up in Northern Michigan, as he worked for Stafford catering in the 70’s. We would come North to visit two times a year, to bring Brian’s Grandmother to the cottage, and to bring her back home to Albion.
- What do you do for Stafford’s Hospitality? I am the General Manager of Stafford’s Pier Restaurant in Harbor Springs.
- What do you love about your job? I LOVE my job. Every day is a different adventure, new people, new friends and new challenges. There’s nothing like the feeling of someone going out of their way to thank us for our smiles and hospitality.
- In your “free time” what do you do? Some of my free time is devoted to the community. I am a Board Member for the Harbor Springs Area Chamber of Commerce and I am the Chairperson for the Business Committee. I enjoy spending time with Brian and our two German Shepherds, cooking, traveling, cruising and an occasional round of golf.
- How would you describe northern Michigan to our guests? Northern Michigan, and its particular quaint small communities, are indeed beautiful and unique. The landscape, the blue water, cresting the hills and being in awe of the vista. Visits to the grocery store, restaurants, public events where I typically know 75% of those attending, and call them friends and colleagues is an incredible feeling for me. Small communities look out for their own, help in times of crisis, share in the joys of marriage and children and grieve as well when we lose a community member.
- Favorite memory of working for Stafford’s? Christmas Eve 2000. Brian and I met a woman, who was sincerely unhappy with the vegetarian items offered on the buffet. Our wonderful kitchen staff created a few dishes for her daughter, and they were thrilled we HAD the time, took the time and were able to make it an enjoyable experience for all at the table. We weren’t completely sure she was thrilled with me, or us as new management at Stafford’s Pier Restaurant. She has become a good friend, who, graciously every Christmas, without fail, drops off a beautiful gift for our home. We strive to make each experience and gain mutual respect from all the guests that come through our doors. This, was and still is a particularly awesome story that still makes me smile when I think back fifteen years.