Enjoying The Process With Rae Stafford

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When you first meet Rae, it’s her wit, humor, and energy that immediately jumps out as unique. The longer you know her, though, it’s her heart that wins you over. A mother, a daughter, a sister, a friend, a mentor, and a close colleague to dozens, Rae boasts many roles and shares one thing in common within each relationship: the amount of heart she pours into it.


Raised in ATL since her 5th year of life, Rae describes herself and her daughter, Maddie, as true natives. The two call the center of downtown home, and spend their free time attending art gallery openings, discovering local restaurants, and enjoying the outdoors. When asked her favorite thing about Atlanta, Rae quickly replies, “There’s something for everyone. There’s nightlife, nature, food, music – there’s ALWAYS something to do, and I love that about my city.


One would think that mothering a 16-year old would come with reservations, but Rae’s relationship with Maddie is one of inspiration. The two are inseparable, always making plans for their next adventure. With Coachella and a trip to France in the upcoming year, we most admire Rae’s commitment to providing her daughter a life of experiences. Consequently, Maddie is growing from the 8-year-old we initially met to an incredibly bright, clever, well-rounded young woman with an appreciation for the arts.


The second thing we most admire is Rae’s loyalty to DMC Atlanta. 8 years later, and we remark, through this blog, on how fortunate we are to have maintained a talent like hers. But it wasn’t without great effort. Since her start in 2012, eager to gain sales experience to add to her already impressive resume, we saw something special in Rae, a work ethic unparalleled to many. As she says best, “Outwork everyone. In life, you don’t have to be the most skilled or educated, you just have to work hard and low and behold, you’ll get to where you want to go every time.”


Citing her parents and grandfather as the source of her work ethic, Rae reflects on a childhood where she was encouraged to stay active within team-based sports! Whether it was softball, basketball, volleyball, or tennis, each benefited her unknowingly for work at DMC Atlanta, where teamwork is a core value we live by. Fun facts about Rae: she’s a gifted artist, excelling in ceramics and painting. She’s also the middle child (yes, she hates it!) but has a tremendous older sister and a younger brother who mean the world to her, and lastly, she’s an avid animal mom, caring for 2 dogs, 2 cats, and 2 turtles. She one day dreams of opening an animal conservatory and caring for many, many more furry, feathery, and scaly creatures.


Previous to DMC Atlanta, Rae boasted careers inside the retail, food & beverage, and automotive industries, working longest with Mercedes-Benz. 2.5 years later, though, and still in the position she had started, Rae realized that she wasn’t willing to spend her whole career waiting for someone above her to die or retire so she could progress. Roughly a week into work at DMC Atlanta, Rae was bought into our company’s mission and “why.” “Work at a pace that dictated her success,” she thought. “Let’s go.” A year and a half later, she was promoted into an Assistant Management role within our company and then into her current role as VP of Recruiting & Operations shortly after that, a position she has thrived in since. Overseeing all talent acquisition, career coaching, and interviewing operations within our company, it’s safe to say that Rae’s hustle has paid off. One of her clearest memories with the company she shares was a few weeks after starting when CEO, Adam Dorfman, met with her to inquire about her college plans for Maddie who was 8 or 9 at the time. She was so floored at how invested he was into her development, that she vowed that day to make it worth the company’s while.


When asked what the most significant lessons she has learned in the last 8 years are, Rae quickly replies, “Responding not reacting. Words have a lot more power than you think, and your energy/words control the environment around you. I’ve learned that as a result of working at DMC Atlanta. I’ve also learned to enjoy the process. My work helping to grow our organization will not happen overnight, so learning to enjoy the daily actions brings me great joy.”


As for Rae, we know this is just the beginning of her much longer story with DMC Atlanta. With a heart as big as hers, there’s still a lot of lives to impact and work to be done, and we look forward to all we accomplish together over the next 8+ years of our business partnership.

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Rae Stafford

Human Resources Manager

Rae has been a part of the DMC Atlanta team since 2012. She is head of HR and has an unnatural love of queso.

Adam Dorfman

President & CEO

Adam founded DMC Atlanta in 2003. He is a bourbon and food snob who loves his family and live music. He is also a proud "Headblade" proponent.

Andres Campanucci


"The Nucci" is a native of Buenos Aires, Argentina. If you don't like him, it's you, not him.  He's awesome.

Austin Owen


Austin was born and raised in Atlanta. He has traveled the US in search of the perfect protein shake.

Jenna Huss

VP of Development

Jenna is DMC Atlanta's VP of development. She is one of the smartest people we know, but she has no idea how loud she is.

Adam McNally


Adam  was born in Washington D.C. and grew up in a small town in southern Maryland. He loves this business because it's purely based on performance.

Chris Auwarter


Chris grew up in a small town in NY and runs an office in Dallas, TX.  He is a proud Cleveland Browns Fan.  Seriously.  He is.

Michael Cosper


Michael was raised south of Atlanta. He is a rabid UGA fan who runs our team in Nashville with his wife, Vianca. Go Dawgs!

Mike Figueroa


Mike was born in New York, NY but raised in Atlanta, GA and attended the State University of West Georgia.

Julia Copeland

Human Resources Recruiter

Julia was born in Iowa, but her dad's job moved her family out to the suburbs of north Atlanta. From there, her love for lemonade and the word "Y'all" grew.

Ganessa Pickens

Assistant Manager

Ganessa is from Riverside, CA, but we are slowly converting her to sweet tea.  She has mastered the non-duckface selfie.

Kenneth Burke

Account Manager

Ken was born and raised in upstate New York, and his true personality is just as colorful and awesome as part of his upbringing, where he worked with traveling carnivals!

Tia Maiello

Human Resources Recruiter

Tia grew up in a tiny town in Upstate New York and loves being a part of DMC Atlanta's growth. We love it when she says "calendar."  

Alethea Burke


Alethea was born in Alaska, spent most of her childhood in Florida, but claims Atlanta as her home. Occasionally Adam hides in her hair when Jenna is being really loud.

Shilan Parham


Shilan was born and raised in Iran, moved to China, and lived there for 8 years. She always had a dream to move to the United States, as it is the land of opportunity.

Chad Harpole


Chad Harpole started in the company in Austin, TX.

Leon Butts

Account Manager

Leon was born in Bayamon, Puerto Rico and raised by a single mother with 17 siblings. Leon has always had a competitive spirit and a natural when it came to athletics, especially wrestling.

Sofin Rajwani

Account Manager

Sofin was born and raised in India, then made his way to the States to further his education. He loves to dance and is often seen busting a move around the office here at DMC Atlanta! 

Dan Bazuin


Dan was raised in a northern Michigan, runs an office in Detroit, and has the nickname "Bear Claw." Dan joined our team after a couple of years in the NFL. 

Savanah Hart

Human Resources Recruiter

Savanah is an Atlanta native who graduated from Valdosta State.  If you thank her for something, you will immediately know she worked at Chick-Fil-A