Rose has been Gary Molz‘ partner in life since 1999 and in business since 2003, and aspires to always be a true partner in both realms. She and Gary both love business, love to work, and love talking about their business – how to do things better and make customers happier. After her first date with Gary, Rose says she was interested in a second date because, “He was the first guy who didn’t say I worked too much.”
After graduating from the UW-Madison, Rose put her plans for law school on hold – too many loans and no money – and went to work for Rayovac in 1987, beginning in customer service and eventually leading a new sales division selling batteries and flashlights to office supply resellers. A customer, the largest national wholesaler, hired her in 1993 as regional director of customer services, a job she says was very cool – like being the center of a wheel. She was liaison to all of the company’s service departments, first in the Southwest where she was based out of Dallas, then on the East Coast based in Philadelphia.
The best part, says Rose, was her boss, Stan, a terrific mentor. “He taught me so much about people and life, not just about the job,” she says. “He’s retired now and rarely does a day go by that I’m not reminded of something he taught or told me. I miss him terribly. My tribute to him is to one day be for someone else the same kind of mentor that he was to me.”
Rose’s favorite quote comes from her mentor: “You can have your say, but you can’t always have your way.” At first it made her angry to hear it, but, she says, “The more you grow, the more you realize how true it is. It’s one of the best lessons in learning good teamwork.”
Rose officially joined BF Molz in 2004 as a sales manager responsible for both Wisconsin and the East Coast. As the market developed, she and Gary started looking for new opportunities and decided to move to Madison. Within a couple of years, she’d like to see EZOP become the trusted office products supplier for small- to mid-sized businesses.
|“during the thirteen years I was away I always missed my family, but I didn’t realize how much I missed Madison – the people, beauty, the atmosphere and the safe community.”|
And besides, says Rose, “during the thirteen years I was away I always missed my family, but I didn’t realize how much I missed Madison – the people, beauty, the atmosphere and the safe community.” She’s passionate about giving back to the community. “I’d like to help young people grow into adulthood and develop into good businesspeople and managers, to pass on some of the good training I was blessed to receive,” she says.
“The environment is also one of the most important things to our future, and like many others in Madison, I’d like to find practical ways to preserve and improve it. Another priority for me is finding a cure for cancer, especially breast cancer, since it runs in my family and I have eleven nieces.
“If I can make a small contribution in these three areas, I’ll feel I’ve accomplished something,” says Rose.