The family presented a poster of "Teamwork" to the company.
Steve Beard attracted a crowd of fellow Wesco sales reps and a customer from Oregon. On his right: Lori Conway, Joe Silvey, Sharon Morgan, and Marie Fletcher.
George Lichter chats with Kay "Tootsie" Melnick at Joline's party. Tootsie was Marla's aunt and for many years worked in sales for us. She was famous for always bringing treats on her sales calls to her clients. George Lichter was a fabric supplier and good friend from New York City.
Bob Perrin, on my right, gave the family giant teddy bears at the sales meeting dinner. Our grandkids LOVE these bears! Bob carried Wesco Fabrics for us in Alaska.
When Joline retired in 1987 I was President, Sales Manager, and Buyer. It was obviously too much! Marla joined me in 1989 and brought her administrative and organizational skills.
In 2006 we celebrated our 60th Wesco Fabrics' anniversary at a party in the Denver Design Center and saluted Joline Weiss, who helped us get here! L to R: Lisa Decker, Wesco's founder Joline Weiss, Marla Gentry, and Stacy Mullikin.
Marla introduced Joline and the family.
We presented a slideshow on the history of our company. Joline is looking at an early picture of her previewing a fabric line in New York City. There were very few woman buyers in our industry at the time.
I'm telling the Wesco Fabrics' story to the crowd.
My "Dream Team."
It was wonderful mixing with our friends & family, the Wesco Fabrics' team, and customers from around the country.
Marla completely planned the event. She even brought in our Wesco Fabrics' teak root tables & accessories from Bali & Thailand to serve creative hors d'oeuvres. She inherited a gift for pulling off beautiful parties from her mom and her aunt, Kay Melnick.
The dance floor was packed!
The "Moments' Notice" band cranked up "Hava Nagila" and we all started dancing!
Images: Wesco Fabrics, Dick Gentry