Every once in a while, we like to introduce the people “behind the scenes” here at Bulb Direct. This month, we’re pleased to announce the retirement of two of our long-term employees.
Tom Taylor has been with the company for 26 years. In that time, he has seen three changes of ownership and location. He’s also witnessed significant changes in lighting technology and has enjoyed countless hours commuting to work with his wife, Connie, the current Operations Manager of Bulb Direct. “I first learned all about what it took to put out our catalog,” says Tom, “and over the years, I’ve done everything from purchasing to shipping to fixing the toilets.”
Tom has appreciated the family atmosphere at Bulb Direct, particularly its relationship with VESID, a service that provides employment to those with long-term disabilities. “We’ve been able to bring people into our shipping department and give them the chance they needed,” he says.
Mauri Ramell started at Bulb Direct 21 years ago in customer service, bringing with her a background in credit and collections. She has long served as the Accounts Receivable/Credit Manager.
Like most people here, she does more than one job. “Almost all of us cross-train. When someone is on vacation or leaves the company, everything will continue to run smoothly,” says Mauri. When she first started at Bulb Direct, she continued her habit of talking to herself. “I was laughed at a lot,” she says, “and I even got company awards for my chatter. I just tell people that if I ask a question of myself, I’ll get the answer I want!”
In retirement, Tom plans to tackle a growing Honey Do list, hang around his neighbor’s shop, and travel. Mauri will winter in Florida, enjoy grandchildren in the Rochester area during the warmer months, and spend more time boating.
Best of luck to you both, and thank you for so many years of dedicated service!
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|Tom Taylor and Mauri Ramell|