Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

Opinion

July 3, 2014

Cheers to our local newsmakers

CHEERS to Olga Sarkisian. In our rapid-fire, short-attention-span world, it’s almost unfathomable to think someone would spend her entire career working in the same job, for the same company.

But Olga did that and more, staying on well beyond her retirement age before ending her career with The Andover Companies last week after 60 years.

She started working for the company part-time while she was in high school and then began her full-time position in the Accounting Department the very next day following graduation.

One look no further than the more than 400 sick days she amassed over the six decades to see she was as reliable and dependable an employee as they come.

Her supervisor, Bob Keefe, says in an age when business can be so impersonal, Olga’s customer service was great and her work ethic was unrivaled.

Sarkisian credits her longevity to the work environment at Andover Companies, and the fact her office was just a five-minute commute from her home on Chandler Road in west Andover.

“The drive has no highway, the company is good to me and the people are nice. Why would I leave?” she told reporter Judy Wakefield.

Andover Companies must be doing something right to foster that sort of commitment and loyalty from its employees. Sarkisian may be its first 60-year worker, but others have recorded more than a half-century on the company payroll. And it’s not unusual to find employees on the 200-person staff with more than 30 and even 40-plus years of service.

Sarkisian is planning a trip to Greece and Cypress to visit family this summer to celebrate her retirement. We can’t think of anyone more deserving of such a vacation and wish her a well-earned respite.

CHEERS to Ben Eckman, the 12-year-old Andover boy who is turning his love for soccer into a tool to promote world peace. Ben, who has been playing soccer since he was a toddler, spent much of last year raising money for Soccer for Peace, a New York-based nonprofit that encourages children from opposite sides of the Middle East conflict to play soccer with each other. Ben’s work for the organization was part of his bar mitzvah project.

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