Fifty years ago, when Clarice Stanton started at Baker & Taylor, everything was done by hand—no computers. The company has changed so much since her first day in 1967, but one thing has always stayed the same. “The books,” she said. “I remember walking into the warehouse for the first time and seeing all of those shelves of books and thinking ‘I’m in heaven’.”
On Sept. 19 Stanton, a customer service representative, celebrated her 50th anniversary with Baker & Taylor. Co-workers at her office in Commerce, Ga. helped her celebrate this momentous occasion with flowers and a cake.
She originally started as an order picker in the Reno, Nev. Service center, spending 25 years in the warehouse there, picking, stowing and receiving. From there, Stanton moved into customer service, covering almost every market, from schools to retail to academic to, now, public library. She moved from Reno to Commerce in 2004.
Outside of work, she loves to travel and has set a goal for herself to visit every U.S. state. Of course, Stanton also loves to read, especially if it’s anything by her favorite authors including Mark Twain, Louisa May Alcott, Nora Roberts and J.K. Rowling.
Stanton has no plans to slow down just yet. She said, “People ask when I plan on retiring but why retire when you love your job?”