In November 2017, we held an anniversary luncheon celebrating milestone work anniversaries - 5, 10, 15 years and more - of Search employees.
During that luncheon, we celebrated a special work anniversary. Our Comptroller, Mark Francik, just reached 45 years of employment with Search and our parent company, Keystone Alliance.
Mark started working for Search in 1972. For context, 1972 was the year of Vietnam, the "Godfather" movie, mini-skirts and a brand new thing called a "video game"(Pong). In 1972, almost 40% of Search's staff had not yet been born.
At the time, Search was located in the Cabrini Green neighborhood in a classic old Chicago settlement house. The total budget was less than $100,000 (it's now over $19 million) and we had less than 20 employees. Mark began as Search's accountant, but it was before the age of computers and even calculators, so he was occasionally known to balance our books with an abacus.
The times sure have changed, but we're so glad that Mark stuck around!
Thank you for a great 45 years of service Mark!
Also at the luncheon we celebrated many work anniversaries of our other exceptional employees, including:
Congratulations to all of our employees who celebrated milestone work anniversaries. Thank you for your years of dedication and service!