In March of 1987, Ronald Reagan was president. People were listening to the new song, “Jacob’s Ladder,” by Huey Lewis and the News, and “Living on a Prayer” by Bon Jovi had been on the radio for a few weeks. Those of us who were livin’ the dream had shoulder pads in our jackets, wore leg warmers in the gym, and our hair was, well… bigger. The first “Lethal Weapon” movie had recently been released, and there were VCR’s on every set top. Video rental stores were on every corner; Starbucks hadn’t taken them over yet, only beginning their big expansion out of downtown Seattle later that year.
If you’ve done the math, you’ll realize that if someone came to work in 1987 and stayed through all of the changes in our industry, our market, our company, and our country, they’d be celebrating a 30-year career anniversary…and that’s just what Joyce Mathison did this month in Seattle, home of two ARC divisions formerly known as Olympic Reprographics and Reprographics Northwest.
After three decades of watching the Pacific Northwest change into one of the most bustling, busy (and caffeinated!) places in the world, Joyce now manages key quotes and proposals for our Seattle operation. Her experience and understanding of what we can do for our clients is behind much of the business ARC acquires from government contracts, as well as the business we have with the Seahawks and Sounders sports franchises.
“Joyce is such a delight to work with. In the six years I have known her she gives her all and every day is something new and exciting,” says her manager, Ann Eng. “Not only is Joyce a great employee, but she’s a great friend as well. Thank you, Joyce, for being our ‘Mom’ and taking care of the ‘children!’ You are wonderful and appreciated!”
Del Irwin, our Regional Director Technology Solutions in Seattle, and who cut his teeth with ARC when it was still Olympic Repro, says, “I have worked with Joyce for more than 18 years, and she’s always upbeat and positive. Customers love to work with her. In my eyes she’s the best!”
Joyce got started with ARC after scouting locations and starting up Black Angus restaurants in Los Angeles early in the mid-1980’s. She moved up to Seattle where her sister was already working at Olympic and got her the interview for a branch manager’s position. Joyce’s first job for ARC ewas running what Olympic called, “The Annex,” their downtown branch on Second Street.
The rest, as they say, is history, with Joyce holding a number of positions and various responsibilities throughout the years.
When asked for a piece of advice for anyone attempting to build a career as long and as rich as her own, she said, “With age comes wisdom, and this is what I’ve learned — show up early (it’s noticed!); be humble; say ‘yes’ to work, even when you don’t want to; and being adaptable is a must!”
Lastly she says attributes her success to “a totally awesome group of people,” and a “supportive and motivating manager” in Ann Eng.
Obviously, it’s been a recipe for success for Joyce, and a wonderful benefit for her teammates at ARC for three decades.
Thanks for your service, Joyce!