As a company that prides itself on our workforce, we have decided to do a series of employee highlights. When I say “employees” I don’t mean our managers, the Mariani’s or myself (which would be a very long article because I have a lot to say about myself, but I digress). The employees that will be interviewed in this blog are going to be the people who put together and hand touch every piece of wood that becomes your furniture. These are the people who make our furniture the best it could possibly be, and these are the people who deserve your praise.
Our first spotlight was with Tony Walton. Tony is 57 years old and has been with us for six and half years. Every drawer box that leaves this factory goes through his hand as the sole maker of drawer boxes here at Sorrentino Mariani.
“It’s a very interesting story. I was working a temp job across the street at the cemetery,” he said when I asked him about how he came by our company. A friend of his was working here with us and he asked her about getting a job here. As luck would have it, our Human Resources manager at the time was early that day. Tony put in his application and within hours received a call asking if he was willing to come in that day, because at the time we had a night shift as well as a day shift. He was more than happy to come in and he’s been with us ever since.
Recognizing the importance of his job, Tony creates superior drawer boxes. Every dovetail is perfectly in place, which is why we occasionally take some close-ups for our website as well as our new Senior Living catalogue which is in the works right now.
He is most proud of his character, and counts being a good person as his greatest achievement in life. Tony can always be seen reading. His favorite book is the Bible, from which he has learned how to be a truly hard-working and righteous person. In his spare time he likes to read, watch football, play around on the computer, and travel. If he could travel anywhere, Tony would venture to Europe, having always been fascinated with France, Spain and the United Kingdom. In fact, if he won the lottery, his first order of business would be to travel to as many places as possible, sending his friends and family gifts from his various locations. Like many worldwide, his favorite movie is the Godfather, Pt. 1.
My final question to him was if he could choose any super power, what would it be and why? His answer to me was that his faith in god was its own super power. Truly a man of virtue, I don’t think anyone could really argue with that.