SAN MATEO − When asked how she got involved in the flooring business, Nancy Stanton says it began with a little help from her late husband. “Lewis always liked to joke that he took me off the streets,” she laughs. “I used to be a sales rep for a major coffee distributor—I was pounding pavement in the San Francisco Financial District and knocking on doors up and down high-rise buildings. When the company I worked for changed its operations, I was laid off, so my husband introduced me to some flooring distributors and I started working in flooring sales.”
After a few years in the industry, Nancy took her accumulated expertise and applied it closer to home. “Eventually, my husband asked me to come work for him, to which I agreed, on the contingency that he couldn’t fire me,” she laughs. Today, as president of Abbey Carpet & Floor, Nancy says her favorite part of her job is not the products she sells, but the people she serves on a daily basis. “I love interacting with my clients and helping them pick out the right products for their needs.”
Outside of work, Nancy enjoys spending time with friends and just recouping from the work week. “I work six and sometimes seven days a week, so my time off is usually devoted to relaxing and seeing my friends,” she says. “However, when I get the chance, I love to travel.” Additionally, Nancy likes to cultivate her artistic side by painting, as well as keeping up with her son, Jim, and her stepsons, Robert and Sanders.
When asked the first thing she’d do if she could retire tomorrow, Nancy says she’d do some more traveling. “In particular, I’d like to see some more of the United States. I’ve traveled all over the world, but there are a lot of things right here in my home country that I haven’t seen, so I would love to take a long road trip and visit some of the sites.”