When I started working here sixteen years ago, our kids were young. As with many small, family-owned business’, the kids did a lot of the behind the scenes things. Take out trash, clean floors, stock shelves, etc.
As they got older, they still did these things but they also worked in the office and helped with customer service. Then they started college and their own careers. Two of them are in totally different businesses and, as many of you know, our youngest, Cameron, is one of the service advisors in the front office.
Just when we were trying to figure out what our next step was to fill the now open position, we found out that Luke was looking for a job. He attended the same high school our kids did and we knew his parents. He started working for us a couple of years ago and left at the beginning of this summer for a full-time position elsewhere.
His job description we joking referred to as our ‘minion’. He painted walls, cleaned bays, helped me clean out storage spaces and had to tell Cameron a ‘joke of the day’ when he came in after school. He was the person climbing up on the ladder on the cold, snowy, blustery days changing the quote on the sign.
He graduated from high school this past spring and is leaving for the Marines soon. We went to his graduation open house/goodbye party recently. We are grateful we had the opportunity to offer this young man his first job and thankful for all his hard work. We are also filled with respect at his choice for the next step in his life. Thanks, Luke, and we wish you the best in the future!