Jan Adams joined the Hearst Autos Team in July 2016 as their Office Manager. Previously she was with Cox Automotive/Autotrader for over nine years as the Executive Assistant in Customer Operations. She has been building on her experience by working in various supporting roles for close to 20 years. One of them included her role as an assistant buyer for Storehouse furniture where she supported the case goods buyer and also provided customer service support for approximately 70 stores. When Storehouse went out of business, Jan applied for a position with Autotrader as an Administrative Assistant. With the help from a previous Storehouse employee who had moved to Autotrader, she landed the job – which proves having a great network is a must!! She realized supporting others was her passion and wanted to continue in the field but knew it was time for a change. She got a call from yet another former co-worker who was changing jobs to go work for a start-up company and said they were in need of an office manager. So in 2016, she took a leap of faith and continued this journey with Hearst Autos.
1. Tell us about your responsibilities at Hearst Autos.
I am going on 10 years now as an Executive Assistant. My current role is unique as I now work for a start-up company, Hearst Autos, based here in Atlanta. I have the opportunity to define my role as we grow based on the needs of the company. So for now, I do a little bit of everything. Today I had a hardhat on touring our new office space. It’s never dull!
2. What is the biggest challenge you face at work?
Right now, it’s getting prepared to move to our new office space later this year. Our team in New York is doing the architectural planning, etc. but I will be handling a good bit of the move on this end. It’s a lot of work but we will be super excited to be in our new space.
3. If you could give a piece of advice to a new executive admin, what would it be?
Always think proactively! This of course takes practice but once you have mastered it, your stress levels will be reduced and your boss will think you’re awesome! But also remain aware that you never know when the unexpected will happen. And believe me, it will so be prepared!
4. Do you have a favorite Roam experience?
Honestly, my favorite thing to do is sit in Buckhead’s café with some coffee while the windows are open on a nice day. That’s the best! I just made that about me, didn’t I? But really, the staff at Roam is phenomenal and they truly make each experience a favorite. I promise you I did not get paid for this endorsement- they really are an awesome bunch.
5. In what ways are you involved in community or service organizations?
I am on the auction committee for the St. Jude Southern Evening of Hope annual event. This is my second year serving on the committee and it’s been such a rewarding journey. As a committee member, I had the opportunity to visit and tour St Jude last year. I have to say, it is incredible to see what they are doing at St. Jude’s for childhood cancer and other diseases.
6. We understand you’re a foodie. What’s your favorite restaurant in Atlanta?
That’s a hard one because Atlanta has some great restaurants! At the moment, King and Duke is a favorite. I’ve only been a couple of times but both times the food was great and the service was outstanding. But, I also had some great Indian food the other day at Moon Indian Cuisine- their samosas were tasty. Seriously, it’s hard to decide!