Guest Services Team
Stephanie “Bossy Beck”
After receiving my BA in photography from the University of Delaware in 2003, I came to work at Reed in their customer services department. That is where I learned all I needed to know about what kind of company Reed is. I worked in the customer service department for several years and then moved into the production side of things. Now I am back with the guest services team as the manager. Additionally, I manage the products and website for our subsidiary, A Sign of Wisdom. I recently finished another round of school with a Masters in Human Resource Management.
Photography and cameras are a passion of mine. I love to collect toy and classic cameras. My collection includes several Holgas, some Brownies and a couple of “build your own” cameras as well as some pinholes. I believe…I need more sleep!
Twelve years as a high school teacher was the perfect preparation for my position at Reed Art & Imaging as a Digital Media Specialist in our Guest Relations Department, where I’ve been since 2006. Teaching teenagers was a good proving ground for me to assist even the most digital novice among our customer base. I was initiated very early into the digital publishing industry in the 1980s as I began a career in writing, publishing, editing, photography, desktop publishing, and graphic design. But it wasn’t until an opportunity to become a private high school yearbook and newspaper adviser that I discovered a passion for teaching. Something that I am very proud of is that those two scholastic publications were consistent award winners every year during my time as adviser. Those years as a teacher helped me develop perspective, patience, and respect for people, which I believe have been the most important tools in my drawer as I interact with Reed guests everyday in person, via phone or on the Web. I love the personal aspect of my job, getting to know artists and photographers from all over the globe, and being a trusted part of their creative process.
One of the things that I love about working at Reed is the family atmosphere. Those of us who work here are considered family, as are so many of our customers, too. So, when I’m not working beside my Reed family, you’ll likely find my husband and me surrounded by our noisy clan of daughters, sons-in-law, grandchildren, and a gaggle of young people who have claimed us as their own. So, on any given Sunday, if you find yourself in our neighborhood, drop on in! There’s always room for one more at our dinner table.
Oh, the magic of watching a print develop in a chemical tray is pure bliss! Twenty-eight years of teaching photography to high school students has provided a reliable background for working in guest services at Reed. However, before embarking on a teaching career, just what would prompt a young college grad from the plains of Colorado to relocate to the “Big Apple”? Maybe, it was just the challenge of perfecting those invaluable survival skills in the subways and streets of that dynamic city. Or just the chance to swim in the Atlantic with the Polar Bear Club!I’ve experimented with many traditional photo techniques including alternative photo processes, formal classes in the Zone System, digital classes in Photoshop, video production as well as finally pursuing an MFA in photography at the University of Colorado. As an educator, collaborating with students on their creative endeavors provided me with a rich and enlightened sense of accomplishment. I probably learned as much from them as they did from me. I feel my diverse background can enhance my contribution to working with clients as well.Professionally one of my most rewarding achievements was being selected as video coordinator for a trip to Ghana West Africa for Educators. Besides exhibiting my own photo images, I’ve been a member of various art and photography associations. I’ve served on the board for the Colorado Photographic Arts Center for approximately 10 years.
I cherish the opportunity of working with some the most accomplished professionals in the industry at Reed. My goal is to listen and advise clients of how Guest Services can best meet their creative and production goals.
Just what would prompt a young college grad from the plains of Colorado to relocate to the “Big Apple”? It was possibly a romantic notion of living in a dynamic city, inspired by the music of George Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue”. But first a brief stop in Ohio to serve as Artist in Residence of a women’s college program and also as a photo documentarian for an inner city poverty agency. Jobs in NYC included art teacher in a Harlem elementary school, and also an elite private school in Manhattan. When the canyons of the city proved too claustrophobic, a trip to Coney Island provided a more panoramic view and an opportunity to play with the Polar Bear Club members (one of the oldest winter swimming groups in the US). Survival skills were honed on the streets and subways of this big city. Later, these skills proved invaluable as an art and photo teacher of middle and high school students for 28 years in the Denver area.
My education includes: B. A. Clarke University, Dubuque, Iowa; Teacher Certification Metropolitan State College, Denver Colorado; MFA , University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado.
In 1996 I was selected as the Video Coordinator for a trip to Ghana, West Africa sponsored by the Fulbright Educational Program for teachers. Collaborating with peers we produced a 30-minute video for the Cherry Creek and Aurora Public Schools districts. I’ve been a member of various art and photography associations locally, but probably the longest membership is with the Colorado Photographic Arts Center of which I served on the board for approximately 10 years.