A mover and a shaker and an exceptional deal-maker, Janice Stamper knows how to turn a cold call into a 1.5 million dollar construction project. Just another reason why Janice is deserving of the FAB! Award!
By Angela Barbosa, Madison County Chamber and FAB! Cheerleader
FAB! Award Winner Janice Stamper by Dale Pickett Photography
Born, raised, and residing in Madison County, Janice Stamper is a family business owner and employee of Fredericks, Inc. Contractors and Markleville Pallets, where she likes to “stir things up” with new ideas. Armed with handmade potholders (remember the red looms?) and a smile, she began her sales career in early childhood by turning neighbors into customers. Her business talents blossomed during her career as membership director and event planner for ABC, a national construction association, before she returned home to work with family. Janice is partner to Buck, number six of eight siblings and mother of three.
Interview with Janice Stamper
Angela: What is your current title/job, and how long have you been in it?
Janice: Business Owner since 1977, Business Development/Project Manager since 2007
Angela: Why did you choose this industry/job?
Janice: I grew up going to work on weekends at my dad’s lumber yard (Markleville Lumber), which eventually branched off into construction (Fredericks, Inc.). After working in Indianapolis for a non-profit construction association, I realized private business best suited my own personal style.
Angela: What is the funniest/strangest job you've ever had?
Janice: Driving the dump truck and cleaning up jobsites (several years ago…) I have five older brothers (and two younger sisters), and I always tried to prove myself as an “equal” to my brothers.
Angela: What three pieces of advice would you give to young people entering the workforce?
Janice: One: identify people you admire and ask them for advice. Two: live within your means. Three: Pay it forward! Mentor, join, donate, volunteer.
Angela: How do you define success?
Janice: Spiritually fulfilled, surrounded by loving friends/family, financially independent, and a satisfying career
Angela: Who has been your greatest inspiration?
Janice: My brother and my boss, Bill Fredericks. Growing up he always gave me a hard time, which still continues today, and I’ve realized that he does it because he believes in me and wants me to succeed.
Angela: What book has inspired you the most?
Janice: “Who Moved My Cheese?” reminds me not to be complacent… life is a moving target.
Angela: What has been your most scary moment in your career?
Janice: Six years ago when deciding to come back to Fredericks as an employee. Family business has many dynamics, and it can make or break personal family relationships. I’m fortunate that it makes mine special!
Angela: What has been your most satisfying moment in your career?
Janice: When I landed a $1.5 million dollar construction project, which began as a pallet sales cold-call.
Angela: What is one interesting fact about you that most people don't know?
Janice: In family business we all wear many hats, and one of mine is pallet sales for Markleville Pallets, Skids & More!, which is our other family business.
Angela: Why do you choose to live/work in Madison County?
Janice: Family, family, family. I have 7 brothers and sisters, and we all continue to live and work here locally, as well as socialize together.
Angela: What makes you happy?
Janice: I love to square dance! And yes, I wear the frilly dresses.
Angela: What do you donate your time to?
Janice: Business outreach to students, both in high school and junior high school. The business community can offer students a practical focus of what is need to enter the workforce.
Angela: What single word best describes you?
Angela: Mac or PC?
Janice: PC (I’m in the construction business, not an artist!)
About the Award
The FAB! Award honors a Female Active in Business who excels professionally in Madison County, contributes to the community, supports the growth of the FAB program, and personally mentors and supports other women.
Janice Stamper, along with several other distinguished individuals, companies and non-profits, will be honored at the Madison County Chamber's Annual Awards Gala held on February 28, 2013 from 6 to 9 pm at the Paramount Theatre in downtown Anderson. Tickets can be purchased online or by calling Tina at 765-642-0264.