How many people do you know who have been with a company for a couple of decades? We are blessed to have two such employees, and one of them is Wade Condrey. Wade just celebrated 26 years with Carousel. Here are a few things he had to say about his time working here.
What have you enjoyed most about your 26 years at Carousel? The people that I have gotten to meet and work with. The relationships and friendships established. The opportunity to be creative and to see your accomplishments along the way. Each and every day is different and each day has its own new challenge. It is never boring around a sign shop.
What is your most memorable moment/event? When I got to dance on the fly to Footloose at a company Christmas party about 20 years ago. You have to understand, I was about 50 lbs. lighter, and 20 years younger, which helped me move freely across the dance floor (with much flair, we might add!).
What has been your favorite project? That’s a tough question, because over the years – I’m sure if I had some time to really think about it there would be several favorites. I guess the one that comes to my mind at the moment is the Huguenot Apartments entrance sign. They were told that they wouldn’t be able to get a sign permit approved for a new entry sign because of the location. We were able to apply for a special land use permit with the State, which allowed us to receive a sign permit from the county. The end result was the community was able to contract us to fabricate and install a very nice monument sign on Huguenot Road that receives high exposure for their property – and plenty of compliments too!
What was your job when you first started and what have you done since? My first four years I was the main installer and helped out in the shop. Then the next four years I was asked to work in sales. I was production manager for the next two years. At that time, I created the 4-day work week, 10 hour days. Then I returned to sales. I was also an estimator for the entire sales team, project manager, ordered materials and products from vendors, and assisted with tech designs, permits and sales related projects. Now my main focus is sales and managing accounts. I enjoy my job!