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September 1, 2008

2008 40 Under Forty: Stacy Woods

Stacy Woods

Age: 36

Title: Wine and spirits division manager

Company: Atlas Distributing

Company location: Auburn

Residence: Worcester

Career highlights:

I have been studying wine for 10 years — more formally in the last five. However, the set of circumstances which led me to my current position were guided more by chance than merit. I met Joe Salois at a dinner where they served a fairly notable brand wine on each table. I commented that I felt our host was really “treating” us and I often wonder if Joe regrets asking me whether “I knew anything about wine….” because I proceeded to talk his ear off for the rest of the evening. When Atlas Distributing launched the wine and spirits division in January 2008 I agreed to build and distribute the portfolio.

Community involvement:

I have been a volunteer at the Worcester Art Museum for the last six years, serving on the member’s council as vice president, president, and auction co-chair. Initially I volunteered as a way to get out of the house after my third child was born! However the museum has grown near and dear to my heart. Outside of the museum I love coaching softball and volunteering at Flagg Street School.

Biggest professional success:

Becoming a salesperson was a daunting task for me; I had never even sold lemonade. However, when I made my first sale I was thrilled. I want my customers to buy wine from me because they know I am bringing them a quality product that belongs on their wine list or in their shop not because I need to sell 50 cases by the end of the month.

Dream job:

Independent wine critic or professional wine taster.

Businessperson she admires most:

My husband, Jack Woods. From a very young age he was groomed to take over the family business, Woods Insurance. He put on a suit and tie the day after he graduated from Holy Cross and went to work with his Dad (John) and Uncle Tom. He will tell you that he was lucky to fall into a readymade job but I think he was very selfless. Family is the most important thing to Jack and there was a job to do no matter what his other talents or aspirations might be. He has done a remarkable job as president of Woods Insurance bringing a nearly 60 year old company into the 21st Century during a time of intense competition, stifling regulation and rule changes and he still manages to make it home for a sit-down dinner with his family.

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