After starting as a Business Development Representative in August 2019, Stephanie Valpey is now part of the Account Management team at RELYCO.
Steph is personable, easy-going and confident. She’s chatty and fun to talk to. You’ll quickly discover that she’s very athletic. Ask her about her weekend on a Monday morning and you’ll usually hear about a hike or a ski trip. Steph is an outdoor adventure enthusiast, as you’ll learn from several of her answers below.
Check out the interview to learn more about Steph in her own words:
What skills / hobbies / habits have you picked up during COVID lockdowns?
Well I’ve always had a hobby of photography; however, I would say that the lockdown portion has definitely given me an option to expand on it. I’ve also been an avid gym goer and participated in weight lifting, but when all of this started and the gyms closed, I had to learn how to create workouts that I could do from home that were still enjoyable for me to do.
Where did you grow up?
I grew up in Durham, NH. Right on the bay, across from Pease International Airport. So lots of stuff happening around there all the time.
What’s your favorite smell?
I would probably have to say a breakfast restaurant…like walking in and smelling breakfast food. I’m a big breakfast person!
Do you have any pets?
I do, I have two pitbull mixes.
What’s one thing that your customers are surprised to learn about you?
That I have a bachelor’s degree in Wilderness Therapy, and all of my jobs prior to this were either outdoor related or fitness related.
Describe your happy place.
My happy place is actually Carrabassett Valley, Maine. It’s the home of Sugarloaf Mountain. It’s a place where I grew up going to every weekend at our family camp that sits right next to the Carrabassett River. And it’s, you know, out in the middle of nowhere, but still somewhere.
If you could talk to your 16-year-old self, what advice would you give?
Stop trying to please everyone because it’s never going to happen, and you’re only going to drive yourself insane in the process of doing it.
What would you choose for your “last meal”?
So again, because I’m a breakfast person, it would probably be either like an apple spice or a pumpkin spice pancake. Well, multiple pancakes! [she laughs]
Where is/was your favorite place to visit while traveling?
That’s a hard one. Aside from Sugarloaf Mountain, when we used to go up to the mountain – before my father lived up there full time – there is this sacred spot up north a little bit, along the river that runs out in the back of our camp. And there is essentially a bunch of huge rocks that are there alongside some smaller ones and there are just a bunch of different rapids and styles of rapids in that section of river. My family and I used to always go there and just sit and watch it and listen to it. And it’s actually still my favorite spot to go to when I go to visit my Dad, if I have time for it.
What’s your favorite song to dance to?
That’s a tough one because there are a lot of good ones! But I’d probably have to say Lady Gaga’s Just Dance.
If you could hang out with someone (living or deceased) for the day, who would you pick?
Honestly, it would probably be my grandmother. My father’s mother. She passed in 2017. She’s the person that I always, always came back to when she was around.
Do you have one favorite holiday tradition?
We never really did tradition, however, something that my father used to do to us as children. Which sounds terrible starting out, but I promise it’s not! When we turned about 13, he started wrapping our Christmas presents in a way so that it would literally take us forever to get into. He would wrap it with, you know, copious amounts of duct tape, he’d do layers and layers of plastic bags, he would do layers of newspaper, wrapping paper. He’d wrap a gift card in this little box and put it inside another box and another box on top of that and then multiple layers. He just made it absolutely impossible. So then the following year, that was the new norm between my brother, father and myself for all of our presents to each other, which we still do now.