Here at Statcomm, we have a diverse group of people working and interacting with potential customers, seasoned customers, vendors, and anyone else we might come into contact with. One of our very own is Vickie Banti. We sat down with Vickie to get to know her and her history a little more.
Where did you grow up? I was born and raised on the SF peninsula in San Mateo in a neighborhood called Fiesta Gardens. It was a unique tract of 500 homes that had its own elementary school, neighborhood pool and shopping center. My dad owned the grocery and liquor store there, so for me, I had to be on my best behavior at all times because everyone knew and loved my father Bruno. It was a great place to grow up, very safe as the entrance to Fiesta Gardens was across the street from the City police department. I have the fondest memories of hot summer days at the pool, block parties and great friends who are still my friends today.
Where did you go to school? I graduated from Hillsdale High School in San Mateo. After high school I attended College of San Mateo and finished my Bachelor’s at San Francisco State University in Political Science.
How do you spend your time outside of work? I spend my weekends and down time with family and friends. My husband and I have 3 cocker spaniels, which since our daughter left home, occupy a lot of our time. One of dogs is a senior citizen at 15 years of age so she gets to rest when we take our young dogs to the local dog park in Foster City where we live. I also have a wonderful group of friends. We have a monthly Bunco group (a dice game, similar to Yahtzee that you play in tables of 4, with at least 2-3 tables) and enjoy the local wine scene in San Carlos. There are 9 industrial wineries in San Carlos so we have a lot of fun.
Tell us about your family. I have been married for 30 years to my husband Erick Craig. We have one beautiful daughter Maryn, who is in commercial property management with CBRE in downtown San Francisco. She moved there about 4 years ago. Before that, much of our free time was spent watching her play soccer. She played since she was 5 at a very competitive level in club and school. She was a collegiate athlete and we followed her around the country as much as we could to watch her play. She still plays today in adult leagues. My mother, who is 99, lives in San Mateo. Unfortunately, she is not doing well these days, but what a wonderful life she has had. I have cousins that live all over the world and stay in touch with many of them.
How big of a role does family play? Although my immediate family is quite small, as I mentioned before I have friends who have become family. We spend the holidays with our “extended family”, which includes our little family along with wonderful friends and their families we have had for a lifetime. It’s always fun and the food is unbelievable because of all the backgrounds we come from. I feel very blessed to be part of a big, diverse group of loving people.
Where did you start your career? When I was 19 years old, my dad had just sold his business and decided to take the California Real Estate exam. It was the summer between Jr. College and my first semester at SFSU, so I told him I would help him study and take it with him. Well, a few weeks later I passed. As a 19 year old, it actually was very difficult to find a broker to take me on. I found a company called Bullock and Young in San Mateo. The brokers were fairly young themselves so they welcomed me. Three weeks later I sold my first house to a friend. Of course, I figured this was an easy way to make a living and get through college. That wasn’t quite the truth. It was very difficult to convince people that they should make the biggest investment of their lives with a college kid. I proved myself by working hard and being very knowledgeable. I spent the next 3 an half years working and finishing up my degree, then I continued as a full time real estate agent for 20 years. When my daughter became very involved with club soccer and traveling teams, I had to decide whether I was willing to miss out on her soccer or get a job that had more traditional hours. I transitioned to a business-to-business sales career. My first job in that world was with what is now ValleyCrest/Brightview working in their tree division, selling tree work to the property management community. For the last 15 years I have been a vendor in landscaping and paving. I happily joined Statcomm one year ago. I had always admired the company and now I am proudly the Marketing and Advertising Manager.
How did you get your start at Statcomm? I had known Marie Bugna and Harris Ginyard from several trade associations that we were all involved in. The three of us really got along great and a couple of times I met them at the offices here in Mountain View to carpool to an event. I really loved the little campus and everyone was very friendly. When Marie was getting ready to retire, she and Harris reached out to me about potentially coming on board. Needless to say, I was very interested, and the rest, as they say, is history.
What do you like best about working at Statcomm? I really enjoy my coworkers and ownerships’ policy of treating everyone like family. It truly is more than a place to work. I felt comfortable the day I started. I also love working for a company with an outstanding reputation. When I am at any event or just making office visits, it’s wonderful when your clients are welcoming and happy to see you. We do good work!