Vicki Box – Marketing/Copywriter

She has fingers on the keyboard and a brain on overdrive. That describes Vicki Box, writer at Engrave-A-Crete, as she turns out ad copy, catalog descriptions, web page content, technical data sheets, and an occasional funny story to keep readers entertained.

“I’ve always enjoyed writing,” Vicki says. “It’s such a challenge to shape words into sentences that convey to the reader exactly what it is that I want them to know, or to create in the reader’s mind the same picture I’m imagining myself. I come to work every day because it’s just plain fun! And I leave with such a feeling of accomplishment. It’s a very rewarding job.”

Vicki quickly admits that she has no background in decorative concrete, but doesn’t see that as limiting her ability to inform others about the benefits of transforming concrete into works of art.

“When I came to Engrave-A-Crete, I knew nothing about decorative concrete other than I liked the way it looked. I’ve learned so much. I am completely sold on decorative concrete and the Engrave-A-Crete processes. I like being part of a company that values quality and truly wants its customers to succeed.”

When asked about her view on life, Vicki has some definite beliefs on how the world should operate.

“I’m a strong believer in personal responsibility, truthfulness and doing what’s right. It seems our litigious society today is always looking for someone else to blame for things that are really a matter of personal responsibility. I hate that! Just man up and take responsibility for your actions. If you’re wrong, say so! Everybody’s been wrong at least once. I also believe in looking at life’s big picture and keeping things in perspective.

What seems earthshaking today may be insignificant tomorrow.  Things can change in an instant. We need to remember God is in control, and although it may sound cliché, we should count our blessings every day. I also believe that no one of us is any better than another. Some people make better choices than others, but everyone has immense worth.”

Vicki enjoys working and considers every job as a learning opportunity.

“I love to work and I’ve learned something from every job I’ve ever had. My first jobs were at a Dairy Queen, a hardware store and an office where I was a secretary. I earned a Bachelor’s degree in Education and taught in the public schools for 31 years. During that time I also earned a Master’s degree in Writing. Teaching was a wonderful career and I still reap the benefits. Living in a small town, nearly every trip to the store or gas station means I meet a former student, or their parents, or their children—kind of like a mini-reunion every day! It’s great fun to know they’re glad to see me (or at least pretend to be) and consider me a friend rather than just a cranky lady behind the desk. I enjoyed teaching up to the very day I retired. Then I was ready to turn the page in life’s big book to see what the next chapter was about. That turned out to be a writing position at Engrave-A-Crete. Again I was blessed to be able to earn a living doing something I love.”

Filling her time away from Engrave-A-Crete is easy for Vicki.

“I currently serve on the Board of Education for Mansfield Schools, I’m a member of the Board of Directors for the Laura Ingalls Wilder Home and Museum, and a member of my church. I try to avoid too many commitments because I love free time! I like to read, travel, scrapbook, play the piano, go to movies, write…the list could go on forever.  But what I like most is spending time with my wonderful family, which by the way includes seven perfect grandchildren.”