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Maurie Allen A 50 Year Odyssey for The Captain’s Quarters How did you steer a course here? I’m from Fort Wayne Indiana, and was transferred here in 1964 by Montgomery Ward in the old Hannah Lay Building. They wanted to move us back in 1966 when they opened a new store, but Betsy and I had fallen in love with calling TC home, the stars aligned and Captain’s Quarters voyage began. What stands out as you reminisce on 50 glorious years? Getting to work with and become well acquainted with literally hundreds of folks who have served as valuable crew members. Without a consistently dedicated and motivated staff, any extended period of success is difficult to achieve. Reaching this 50-year milestone, virtually impossible. What is the key ingredient to your longevity? Providing a warm, attractive and inviting environment in which our crew members could effectively present those carefully selected collections of men’s clothing, furnishings and accessories. That ingredient was added 44 years ago when architect Bob Holdeman created his timeless vision of our flagship, which as a testament to his genius, remains virtually unchanged today. And of course our clients! What has been the most rewarding part of this journey? Whether treasured memories involve a Tiger Cub getting their first uniform who work through the ranks to an Eagle Scout. One of the thousands of young men wearing their first prom tux, to wedding couples, that first interview suit for the graduate, or that first custom made suit when he’s arrived in the corner office, what a treat it’s been to be in this circle of life. It’s been quite a voyage. Here’s to “clear sailing ahead” and thanks for the memories. What is it they say, the harder you work, the luckier you get!

MAY/JUNE 2016 | BAY LIFE NORTH

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BAYLIFE NORTH MAGAZINE May June 2016  

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