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It’s always sunny in Sparks
by Alanna Brown - Special to the Tribune
Nov 04, 2013 | 1130 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Rail City Profile: Suzanne Shephard, the directors of internal operations for Sparks Florist, works at her office with a smile on her face. She loves coming into work each day and is happy to make others smile by sending them a bouquet of flowers.
Rail City Profile: Suzanne Shephard, the directors of internal operations for Sparks Florist, works at her office with a smile on her face. She loves coming into work each day and is happy to make others smile by sending them a bouquet of flowers.
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Bringing happiness to strangers isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but Suzanne Shepherd takes pride in what she does. Shepherd was born in Walnut Creek, Calif. but moved to Reno in 1991, and in 1992 she hopped on board at Sparks Florist, the largest florist in Nevada.

Shepherd graduated from Sacramento State in 1988 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. She was the intern for an ad agency in Sacramento but wasn’t sure if she wanted to work in the marketing or advertising side of things. She eventually took a job at Miller Heiman, which led her to reside in the Reno-Sparks area.

“I wasn’t sure how long I was going to stay here, but now I can’t imagine living anywhere else,” said Shepherd.

Shepherd is the director of internal operations for Sparks Florist. She also handles sales, marketing and human resources, as well as overseeing the company’s functions. Let’s just say she does it all, and with a big smile on her face.

“It is a fun business to work for, flowers are something that can make someone have a better day and bring them happiness. It makes me feel good knowing I am making someone else feel good,” said Shepherd.

Shepherd doesn’t just love where she works, she loves that it is in Sparks.

“There is always something to do in Sparks, especially with all of the special events. It has a nice small-town feeling. Everywhere you go, you see someone you know and it’s a good place to do business with customers,” said Shepherd.

When Shepherd isn’t working she likes to play golf, drink wine, do wine tastings, and collect wine. Let’s just say she loves her wine. She enjoys watching her daughter play soccer, she likes to travel, and just hang out with her family.

Shepherd said her greatest accomplishments are being a mother and working at Sparks Florist.

“Working at such a great place for 20 years and watching the company grow, has to be one of the greatest feelings. Keeping it going and keeping the same level of service after all these years makes me feel very accomplished,” said Shepherd.

Shepherd lives by the ‘golden rule.’ She takes pride in what she does and lives life with a positive outlook. She is a glass half full kind of woman and she thinks that is what makes her unique in this world.

Sparks Florist has a variety of clientele, serving customers for high school prom, engagements, weddings, birthdays or businesses and anything else. The local business also participates in corporate gift giving. Shepherd believes are good for anyone and that is why the business is thriving.

“I am definitely passionate about what I do. Coming to work and making people happy by creating something beautiful for them, even on a day of sadness is something that I love,” said Shepherd.

For anyone who is interested in picking up a flower arrangement, Suzanne will be more than willing to help them out.
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