CoVa Connection: Meet Office Manager Tracy Thompson
How well do you know your coworkers? It’s a question we asked ourselves when developing the idea for this online segment, CoVa Connection. You know all about Coastal Virginia Magazine, and now we’d like to introduce you—one by one, month by month—to the faces behind the publication. We’re lucky to work with a group of super creative, highly talented and unique guys and gals, and we’d like to share their talents, inspirations and everyday musings with you. As we get to know our coworkers, we encourage you to do the same. Spend your lunch break chatting up someone new—or someone you haven’t taken the time to know. You might just discover something fascinating.
Tracy Thompson | 54 | Office Manager | Employed 7 years
After hearing just one line from Tracy Thompson, it’s obvious she’s a New Yorker. But she’s made Coastal Virginia her home after being stationed here in the Navy from 1986–2004. Currently the office manager for VistaGraphics, Inc., Thompson grew up in St. Albans, Queens.
When she was 22 she was shopping along Jamaica Avenue when she saw a sign on the side of the street, inspiring her to join the Navy. That day, she talked to a recruiter and began the first step in what would be a 20-year career in the Navy, retiring as a Legalman First Class Petty Officer (a paralegal in the civilian realm). Throughout her time in service, she says the most rewarding thing was all the people she got to meet. “I’m a people person, and I met so many different types of people,” she says.
During her time at VistaGraphics, she was a sales coordinator for 5 ½ years, and now she’s an office manager, serving as our go-to for anything and everything that needs to be coordinated, ordered, mailed or announced. Her bright attitude and sassy demeanor makes her a staple in what we call the “Vista Family.” She’s a Gemini, and she’s a twin, but she's one of a kind.
1. What’s the best thing about being an office manager?
I have a little control over things. I’m not a control freak, but I like to have a little control.
2. What’s the worst thing about being an office manager?
Trying to satisfy everybody.
3. What’s the coolest thing about being a twin?
I can say I’m a twin. Not everybody can say that.
4. Name someone who inspires you.
My sister, Tanya.
5. What’s the single most important thing in your life?
6. What’s the first thought that you have each morning when you wake up?
God. I always thank him for waking me up.
7. What’s your favorite color?
8. I’ve noticed you’re picky about foods. What’s the most daring food you’ve tried?
Your pumpkin chili. I don’t normally like pumpkin.
9. What’s your favorite dessert?
Breyers Rocky Road.
10. What food do you make or bake the best?
A chicken, rice broccoli casserole. It’s the very first thing I cooked.
11. What’s your favorite flower?
12. What’s the best thing to receive on a date?
I like flowers—a bouquet.
13. Your birthday was just a few days ago; do you feel that your personality matches that of a Gemini?
Yes. There’s definitely two sides to me. Some might say I have more.
14. What’s the best birthday gift you’ve ever received?
A sapphire and diamond bracelet.
15. What’s the best thing that’s happened to you this year?
I know a lot of people who don’t like doing things by themselves. For my birthday I went away for the weekend to Williamsburg. I did everything that I wanted to do, walked around and went to the Ripley’s Believe It Or Not Museum and Merchants Square. I just treated myself the way I’m supposed to be treated.
16. What’s your favorite holiday?
17. Name a song that moves you.
18. Name a song that makes you move.
19. Who was your first kiss?
20. If you could have any job and money was not a factor, what would it be?
21. When is the first time in your life that you felt like an adult?
When I gave birth.
22. Name an event that impacted your life.
My retirement ceremony from the military. That was awesome.
23. What do you miss most about New York?
Two seasons: the holiday season and summertime when you can go into Manhattan and people watch.
24. Is it true about the pizza?
Yes, but I’m a hot dog person, and the dirtier the hands, the better. You ask any New Yorker.
25. What’s your favorite local hot dog stand?
26. Do you have a favorite sports team?
New York Knicks. Don’t judge me.
27. What’s your favorite thing about living in Virginia Beach?
The beach—and not during tourist season. Especially to get there early enough to see the sunrise. And there’s so much to do.
28. Where’s the coolest place you’ve traveled?
29. If you could take a vacation to anywhere BUT you had to take it with one of your coworkers, where would you go, and who would you take?
I’ve always wanted to go to the place where Stella Got her Groove Back (Round Hill Hotel and Villas in Montego Bay, Jamaica), and I would take our Special Events & Style Coordinator, Pam.
30. What’s the most ridiculous thing you’ve ever done?
I used to smoke.
31. Name three material objects you couldn’t live without.
TV, car and my king sized bed!
32. What was the name of your first pet?
Terry, a German Sheppard.
33. Do you have a celebrity crush?
34. Who’s your role model?
Elder Valarie Brown, my spiritual mother from “The Mount.”
35. Do you think The Tide should come to Virginia Beach?
I would say yes, as long as it ran regularly.
36. What’s your favorite issue of Coastal Virginia Magazine?
37. If you could be any animal what would it be?
38. Where’s your favorite place in Coastal Virginia to take out-of-towners?
Waterman’s Surfside Grille in Virginia Beach.
39. Where’s your favorite local spot to reflect?
40. What’s your favorite local event?
41. Do you have a green thumb?
No, but I’m working on it.
42. What’s your favorite thing to plant?
Flowers—as long as it’s purple.
43. If you could switch places with any person for an entire day, who would it be?
44. What’s your favorite season?
45. What’s the best thing about summer in Coastal Virginia?
Town Center—Friday and Saturday nights when they have a band playing, I go there quite often.
46. What was your best school subject?
47. What’s the most important life lesson you’ve learned?
You have to love yourself before you can love anyone else.
48. What’s the most important thing you’ve taught someone?
To stand up for yourself.
49. What’s your favorite category in our upcoming July Best Of issue?
The whole restaurant section because you can pick and choose where you want to go.
50. What’s a fashion trend that never goes out of style?
51. Name three words to describe your personality.
Outgoing, aggressive and funny.
52. What’s the best thing about being a mom?
Someone’s always relying on me.
53. What’s the most frustrating thing about being a mom?
They don’t listen.
54. What’s the coolest musical act you’ve seen live?
Believe it or not … (This is so embarrassing). N*Sync.