As the saying goes, time flies when you’re having fun.
This couldn’t be more true for Brig B., Administrative Assistant in Utah, who celebrated a milestone work anniversary in May very few can claim: 50 years of fun.
Customers to family
Brig’s career began with National in 1969 at Salt Lake City Airport where she worked a night shift as a rental agent at the one-terminal airport. At the time, National was one of only three rental car companies at the airport. In 1979, Brig was promoted to Airport Manager where she was responsible for interviewing, hiring and training new agents.
Fast forward to 1986 and National was purchased by Midwest Car Corporation. After the new management team took over, Brig moved to the airport administrative office working on payroll.
“When I first started, we consistently saw the same customers every week,” says Brig. “They would sit and tell me about their lives; they became my family.”
And thanks to her experience and interaction with customers, she never thought of work as work.
“I love being here because it’s fun and every day is different, which keeps me on my toes,” says Brig.
Age is just a number
Days off make Brig feel lazy. In fact, she attributes her job to keeping her sharp, active and motivated.
“It gets me up in the morning, gets me going and keeps my brain moving,” says Brig.
Through 50 years, she has held many different positions with a variety of responsibilities at the airport, but one thing remains the same: the love for her job.
But it’s not just the work she appreciates – it’s the people, too.
Whether past or present, Brig’s coworkers played an instrumental role in her desire to continue working.
“I’ve learned so many lessons along the way from the incredible people I have come to know,” says Brig. “From my former coworkers of decades gone by, to the new faces who are just entering the workforce, I consider all of them family – and this place has been a second home.”
Until the day she decides to begin the next chapter – she’s still undecided on when that might be – Brig will continue to take it one day at a time. But she’s certain of one thing: There’s no place like home.
When Jen S. first entered the workforce, her “customers” consisted of 20 vivacious 10-year-olds. Now, more than 12 years later, Jen is back in a classroom, learning the business as a Management Trainee at Enterprise in Ohio.