weTHRIVE – Crystal Maguire

Owner of Winsupply Frederick

I grew up in small town Alabama with two hard working parents, who owned their own business my entire life. I believe that you cannot buy the entrepreneurial spirit, it is in your roots. I received my master’s degree from Auburn University (WAR EAGLE!) and prior to joining the Winsupply family, served as a Logistics Officer in the United States Army.
I was introduced to the Win Family as the first female Manager in Training. I do not have a background in wholesale, plumbing, or electrical contracting prior to Winsupply. I do however, have strong background in honest, hard work, as blazing new trails. So spinning off a Winsupply was a no brainer for me. Operating a business is just another form of leadership in my opinion. Something that the Army did well was teaching me exactly that leadership means “wearer of many hats”, in this case: entrepreneur, salesman, warehouseman, counter employee, receiving clerk, driver, and sometimes assistant to my team.

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weTHRIVE Episode 4 Transcript

Casey Clark (00:00):

Thank you so much for joining us on the way thrive podcast, where we share stories about entrepreneurship from around the world and how entrepreneurs are creating an impactful legacy. I’m your host, Casey Clark founder and chief growth officer of C Clark consulting. And today I’m interviewing crystal inquire with wind supply of Frederick’s crystal. And thank you for joining us.

Crystal Maguire

Thank you so much for having us.

Casey Clark

Tell me a little bit about yourself.

Crystal Maguire

Well, so originally I’m from a really small town in Alabama. Hence the accent, occasionally it slips out a little bit and it is not just any little town in Alabama. It is very country, very dirt road, ridings sweet tea, drinking, chicken and fry, and well, pretty much anything fry in farm town. And I actually graduated with 30 people in my, in my class, in high school. Wow. Public school.

Crystal Maguire (01:08):

Yup. And my parents were, you know, just the typical bootstrap American dream story. They were teen parents. My dad was 1817 when I was born. My mom was 18 and he did not finish the ninth grade. My mom finished high school, but my dad didn’t finish. He dropped out. And then they together built a business out of basically thin air and they did, he’s done construction. He’s done contracting cabinet installs, built houses, pretty much my entire life. So that entrepreneurial spirit kind of, I guess it kind of inspired me. Awesome. So what brought you to Maryland? Well they worked their butts off to put me through college. So me and my sisters had the opportunity to go to school. And then after that because I stayed and I got my masters and everything there’s not a whole lot of need for sociologists out there.

Crystal Maguire (02:21):

So I kind of went my own way. I was gonna, I was gonna do like go get my PhD, but academia really wasn’t calling me. So I picked up in moved to Hawaii and lived there for two years and I kind of struggled there and working three jobs and trying to make ends meet. And I realized, you know, while it was a really good experience, like I was able to figure out like who I was and more about who I am. I needed a little bit of push in the career department and, you know, here I am working for basically minimum wage and I’m struggling. So I joined the army and I did that for four years and that’s where I met my husband. We started our family and it kind of got hard after that. Like w trying to both be in the army at the same time and have a baby and kind of have everything in life that you want to have.

Crystal Maguire (03:25):

So we both decided to get out at the same time and I found when supply, they have a program for veterans. So they teach basically, they take veterans that are getting out usually junior, military officers coming out and they teach them how to run their own local company from the ground up. So they start you out as at a salary and you start out literally in a currently operating when supplies sweeping the floor driving a truck restocking shelves and stuff like that. And they teach you from the ground up how to do that. And so we, I did that in Texas, which is where we were stationed for awhile nine months. And then this opportunity here in Frederick opened up they were looking to kind of figure out how to grow their electrical department here in no one that’s the one supply company too.

Crystal Maguire (04:20):

And so I came out, I fell in love with Frederick. I absolutely fell in love with it. And I said, this is it where I’m going to be here. This is what I’m going to do. And we moved across the country and two years later what two years ago, actually this week, we spun out the electrical department into Winsupply Frederick electrical. So as you know, the podcast name is we thrive. So tell me what it means to you to thrive. For me, I think that it really means to be happy in what you’re doing, but continuously growing. So chasing success, I guess, in a joyful manner.

Casey Clark (05:07):

Yeah. So what obstacles have you faced when trying to thrive personally and professionally?

Crystal Maguire

Well, personally and professionally. I think my biggest thing was when I graduated I thought I kind of wanted to go one way and into academia. And it, it didn’t feel right, I guess. So having that piece that was missing for my career was really problematic for me. So, you know, I, I tried academia, then I went into, I went, I moved to Hawaii and I tried I got my bachelor’s in criminology, so I, I did armed security for a little while. I tried working with kids for a little while and, and yes, all of those things kind of filled a little piece, but it wasn’t like part fulfilling. So I think that, that, that was something that hindered me for a really long time.

Crystal Maguire (06:07):

And when I joined the army that filled a big hole, I think it, it pushed me, which is something that I needed, which is something that I crave. I need something to push me to be better, to be to continue moving into growing like every day and learning something different. But something was still missing, I think. And that part of it was it wasn’t mine, nothing was really mine. I was always chasing someone else’s dream. I was always chasing someone else’s vision. I was always doing someone else’s mission. Whether I believed in it or not, and I don’t get me wrong, I love everything that I learned. I love the leadership part. Leading soldiers was probably the most fulfilling thing that I did in the army and before having my own business, but it wasn’t complete yet.

Casey Clark (07:04):

So I have to ask, do you feel complete with where you are today? Are you still seeking?

Crystal Maguire

I do. I, I have a little craving still of, of where we have to grow. But it, it feels I’m very satisfied. I’m as far as where my life is. If that makes sense, like, I’m very, very happy with where I am and where I have to go. So yeah, I love it. So what are some of the resources that you’ve utilized to get to where you are today? Oh, my God. Mentors, mentors and more mentors. I think the biggest one for me was in college. And in grad school, actually, I had a really great mentor that, you know, that person that, that they believe in you sometimes, even when you don’t believe in yourself kind of thing. And coming through wind supply was really, really important for me to have a mentor there.

Crystal Maguire (08:08):

The army was a little different. I mean, you have your mentors set out for you, right? You have your commanders and your chain of command and all that, and yes, they are good sources of information, but some of them really speak to you if that makes sense. And when you’re missing that part of it in the army, like if you, if you were, for example, I had a great one in training. He was awesome. But then when I got into the big army, I felt that whole, I think as far as the mentorship went and w you know, they came across occasionally, but it was, it was never long term. And then I found the, I found one supply and found a lot of really good mentors. There’s a hundred people that I could pick up the phone now. And whether it’s like something technical or something like, you know, fundamental, like, I don’t know what I’m doing with my life, or, you know, or business wise, Hey, how do I operate this?

Crystal Maguire (09:11):

Or how, how do I integrate this process or something like that? There’s some, there’s a hundred people I can pick up the phone and call probably for like really, really, really close ones that I call all the time. So knowing that you started out in Texas when you were in the military, it’s pretty obvious that you probably have to actually use nationwide, if not worldwide. What are some of the resources that you’re utilizing locally, locally? Well, locally, I’m part of a community now, which I have never been part of before. I mean, you have a community in the army, but it’s a very small community. It’s very you know, if there was a fellow soldier that I absolutely could not stand and they needed some, the thing I would help them, you know? Yeah. No questions asked whatever you need. Like, you need a place to sleep for the night.

Crystal Maguire (10:08):

But there’s not like I missed this core part. Which came across occasionally, like I said, but because you’re scattered across the nation with different changing commands and getting deployed and things like that it, you, you didn’t get to keep them, you know, those people that really touched your soul. And one thing that I was really happy with about getting out of the army was having a home where I could plant roots and be part of a community where other people are growing their business and other people are, you know, they have their roots and now you have this big interconnected, you know, resource trees and forests, if you need it, you know, and like, I’ve just, I just try to surround my people with surround myself with other people that are, are going through the same things I’m going through, or I’ve been through the same things I’ve been through or who just want to push me in different ways that I’ve never thought about.

Crystal Maguire (11:12):

Like, I never thought about, you know, marketing or social media or anything until I sat through a chamber of commerce class and then setting through some of your classes that you’ve held. I’ve never really thought about using a consultant until I’ve met several other consultants in the area and stuff. So there’s just an infinite amount of people that are willing to help you. And that’s what they do. That’s what they’re good at is what they’re passionate about and being able to use their passions to push your passion forward is kind of amazing. It really is and mean I am a firm believer in the givers game, and I think you’re talking a lot about that.

Casey Clark

Yeah. Yeah. Awesome. So talk to me a little bit about building a legacy. So what exactly does that legacy look like for you? Cause I know it’s everyone it’s really different.

Crystal Maguire

It is really different. So when I think of legacy I think of like success. So like in order to have a legacy, I need to be successful and I believe that a legacy, you know, maybe your legacy is at the end. You know, I think of it like that’s the end of your career, the end of your life, or whatever, whatever you’ve left behind, right. I’m not ready to leave it behind you.

Crystal Maguire (12:38):

So I haven’t really thought that far in advance, but on the success part I feel like that starts a journey and it’s not really, it doesn’t have an end point and I, I kind of hate the way a lot of people think of success actually. Like it’s somewhere you’re eventually going to arrive, you know, like, okay, when I get this, when I, when I get $7 million, I’m, I’m going to be successful when I, when I, you know, get this much and you know, my bank account I’m going to be successful or, you know, whenever I had that house, I’m going to be successful. No, it kind of bothers me that you know, a lot of people think of it like, like stuff or, you know, into points or any kind of point. I think that it’s just a trajectory, you know? And I think don’t get me wrong. I’m really grateful for where I am. I’m really, really happy. For all the blessings that I have and everybody that, you know, put in a lot of effort to get me where I am. But I’m not done yet.

Crystal Maguire (13:43):

You know, I’m, I’m not satisfied with success yet. I’m not done with my planning. I’m not done with developing ideas and being creative. I mean, all of my ideas, all of my plans are constantly changing and growing, and I don’t want to change that actually. I, I hope that I stay never satisfied in that regard. I like that. I don’t know this at the quote, but I was something along the lines of, it’s not what you leave for people. It’s what you leave in people. It sounds like that’s what you’re saying. Like, you don’t want it to just be the stuff, you know, Mark. Yeah. Yeah. I want to make a, I want to make a bunch of millionaires too. You know, I want to be part of so much part of the community that like, that’s my legacy, you know, that when supply is, it’s just a landmark here in Frederick and when someone thinks about, you know, customer service or they think about, you know, the standard, Oh yeah. Holden supply. Yeah. Frederick, you know, that’s just what they think of. I want to be so part of that and make a lot of millionaires, I want to, you know, help my customers to, to become wealthy. I want to help my team to become wealthy. I want to help, you know, other people in the community, my mentees, I want to mentor myself. So that’s what I want.

Casey Clark

I love it. Definitely creating a huge impact. Awesome. If you could give some nuggets to our listeners, what would they be?

Crystal Maguire (15:30):

Stay unsatisfied. And no matter where you are in life you could always use a mentor no matter how old you are, no matter, you know, if you’re, if you’re a stay at home, mom, if you’re a direct sales or if you’re building an empire, whatever it is, you can always use that, that inspiration, you know, wherever it comes from, whoever it is, whoever inspires you, just being able to talk because someone that gives you that, that deep feeling that you want to keep going.

Casey Clark

So is there anything else you’d like to share with us that you haven’t mentioned so far?

Crystal Maguire

I think that about covers it.

Casey Clark

Again, I’d like to thank you for being a guest today. And I’d also like to thank our music sponsor, Stephen Lamar Moore, who produced our theme music for the podcast. So thank you again, Crystal. And I’m looking forward to thriving with you in the Frederick community.

Crystal Maguire

Thank you so much for having me.

Casey Clark

You’re very welcome.

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