I was working with a general contractor/developer in 1990 when they closed the doors on their Washington, D.C., office. I’d joined them right out of college and had been with them for five years when I found myself out of a job.
We still relied on newspaper help-wanted ads in those days, and I spotted one for an office manager position in the Springfield branch of Virginia Sprinkler. With five years in the construction industry under my belt, I thought I had a lot to offer this small but growing company – and apparently they agreed.
Twenty-seven years later, I’ve accumulated a lot of memorable moments at VSC. One that stands out is the 40th anniversary party that VSC had for all the branches at Busch Gardens. It was so nice to meet people from all of the branches and see what a large and diverse group we are; I still have some pictures from that day.
Another fond memory goes back to 1995, when I would spend a few days a week in the Baltimore office helping with the sudden transition of their general manager and office manager. The team in Baltimore was so cohesive and hardworking, yet they managed to have fun together at lunch time. They would all eat together and watch South Park. I thought it was such a great idea to unwind and laugh together, and I’m sure it helped them to work as a team to get through the difficult transition.
One memorable moment that is a little more personal was years ago, when one of our department managers suffered a serious illness. During the weeks of his rehabilitation, it was amazing to field all the calls from customers, vendors and associates who simply wanted to check up on him. He was truly loved.
I’ve stayed at VSC because I enjoy the work that I do here and feel I can still make a difference. I love the old familiar faces and the new ones; I feel as if we are one big family. And while things change enough to keep the job interesting, the overall company philosophy has stayed steady and true. It has been a wonderful company to work for.
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