Tinley Park, Illinois (PressExposure) October 24, 2009 -- Before Belinda Skarwecki started working as a bookkeeper for DirectBuy in 1974, the world was a different place. Richard Nixon had yet to resign from office. Not everybody had a color television. There was still no such thing as a free agent in baseball. Yet in celebrating her 35th anniversary with DirectBuy, Skarwecki knows that one thing still holds true: the numbers don't lie.
"As a bookkeeper, the numbers must always add up. So even though it might not feel like 35 years, the calendar tells me otherwise," said Skarwecki.
Skarwecki began with DirectBuy while still in high school, working as an assistant to the company's bookkeeping department at the previous location in Calumet City. Under the tutelage of the company's bookkeeper at the time, she acquired a skill that's served her well over 35 years.
In fact, Skarwecki's longevity with the company is only trumped by DirectBuy of Tinley Park Owner Ed Sell--even topping the service time put in by Ed's wife I.J., who started with the company 29 years ago. "We hit it off right from the beginning," adds Skarwecki.
Ms. Sell concurred, "We look at Belinda as a member of our family who also happens to do our books. That's the kind of relationship we have and we're very thankful to have her with us."
That loyalty has been repaid by both sides as Skarwecki remained with the company when it relocated from Calumet City to its current location at 18400 S. 76th Avenue in Tinley Park, Illinois. And when a back condition limited her traveling ability, she and I.J. arranged for her to work from home.
"You don't spend 35 years of your life with a company for no reason. Ed and I.J. have been wonderful to me and it's very gratifying to see how the company has grown over the years and how many lives it's been able to positively impact," said Skarwecki. "I'm looking forward to many more years with DirectBuy."
Skarwecki still resides in Calumet City with her husband Marvin.
The leading home improvement and furnishings club with direct insider prices, DirectBuy of Tinley Park Estates offers manufacturer-direct pricing on products ranging from light fixtures to televisions to kitchen cabinets, all from more than 700 manufacturers and their authorized suppliers. DirectBuy also offers design, delivery and installation services.