Brandy Stewart likes her new commute — about two minutes from her home in Seaside. But don’t expect Stewart to remain stuck at her desk. The new South County sales rep for the Signal plans to make her rounds in getting to know the community better.
Stewart moved with her family to Clatsop County from Utah when she was 12. The 20-year Seaside resident graduated from Astoria High School and took her first job as a receptionist at Seaside Providence Hospital.
“I was there for 11 years,” Stewart said, working in the hospital’s admissions department, as an emergency room technician and physician’s assistant.
Stewart later worked part-time as a bookkeeper before applying for a part-time job in the Signal’s South County office in January 2009.
“The first person I met was Wendy Richardson,” Stewart said, referring to her predecessor, who died in December. “We hit it off just like that.”
In May 2009 Stewart was transferred to the Daily Astorian office, where she worked in the accounting department before becoming a sales representative in 2010. “I worked with all the auto dealers in the area, as well as in Longview, Washington,” Stewart said. “I managed the Warrenton sales area, and bits and pieces of Astoria.”
Among her achievements is “Everything Auto,” a sales guide going into its third year.
Stewart said she’s worked on “all aspects” of ad projects. “I integrated the tax pages, the Cinco de Mayo pages — but I’ve been a key player in everything we do.”
Stewart went under “Wendy Richardson’s wing,” and learned to develop a “more business and professional side.”
“I was shy,” Stewart said. “The biggest thing I learned from Wendy is when you conduct business it’s all about cultivating relationships and caring about the outcome.”
Stewart’s son, Derek, 13, starts high school in the fall.
Her husband of 13 years, Brian, 41, works for Reed and Hertig Packing Co.
Stewart said her goal as South County Sales Representative is to “get integrated with the Seaside community and become a valuable resource for the area’s businesses and their marketing needs.”