The Carey Group are local architects, general contractors and real estate developers and also operate Patterson Self-Storage. Grace joined the team at Patterson Self Storage and Santa Barbara Wine Storage as an assistant manager in 2007 when she was a freshman at UCSB. Grace is a native of California and graduated with high honors in Communication and minored in Professional Writing. Per Trudi Carey, President of the Carey Group, “I am passionate about education and helping local youth get a better education. I volunteer my time locally with many organizations that support that idea and I thought why not do it directly as well. Grace was the perfect candidate to kick off our first year of the Carey Group mentorship program. She worked her way through school; she loves to learn and is in the stage of her career that she needs broader exposure. It is what my father did for me, that I can now do for someone else.” Part of the mentorship program includes the selected candidate job shadowing with Ms. Carey who is a licensed architect, general contractor and real estate broker. It might be a charity luncheon, a business meeting or meeting with a lender. In addition, Ms. Hodge will be rotated through various positions in the firm from sales, graphics, accounting, property management and yes a little architecture too! These are things you wouldn’t normally be exposed to until much further into your career.
“Sometimes just being in the office and hearing what is going on in a daily basis is an invaluable lesson. How you treat people, deal with confrontation and problem solve are invaluable tools”. If you have an interest in applying for this program you may contact Trudi Carey at 964-7000 x 107.