Business profile: Williams helping others through ‘word, deed and tea’
Name: Stephanie Williams.
I am from: Plainview originally, but happily live in Lubbock now.
Occupation: Co-owner, chief operations officer for Tea2Go Lubbock and Plainview.
How I ended up in this business: I was looking for something that gave me an opportunity to interact with people in a positive manner. The health benefits of tea and the incredible flavors attracted me to Tea 2 Go. So, I decided that everyday someone does something great, and that day it would be me.
The one thing I enjoy most about my work: Teaching my employees and making success attainable for them while they make success attainable for Tea 2 Go.
My business philosophy is: Good values and products attract great customers and employees.
What are your goals in your business? To focus on excellence. For me in our business, excellence is doing a lot of mundane things extremely well. Little things make big things happen. When we do that consistently, people will be pleased and we will prosper.
What Lubbockites might not know about Tea2Go? Our water is the beginning point of all we do, and by the time our customer gets it, we have the purest and best tasting water in town.
The best advice I’ve ever received: “Significance will last a lot longer than success,” so when I’m done I want folks to say I helped them better their lives through word, deed and tea.
The person I most admire is: My great-grandmother would be up there. She raised three kids on her own through the Great Depression selling magazines door to door in New York winters to other folks who were in the same desperate straits. She showed me that perseverance is the way to success as a child and now as a young adult.
My family: I try to apply the concept of “First things first,”and that’s family— that it’s not what you have, but who you have.
If I could be anything, I’d be: I would be the best company anyone could work for. Years down the road, I would like people who have worked with me to feel like they learned more and grew during their time at Tea2Go.
I wish I knew how to: Play the piano better. I started learning how to play as a young child and I wish I would have had the perseverance to have kept learning.
If I could change one thing about Lubbock, it would be: Love it, so I wouldn’t change much … but better drainage on Milwaukee after rain would be a start.
When I retire, I plan to: It’s way too early to think about that — I’m fully involved in what I’m doing now.