January: Staff Profile
em>In this issue of the Staff Profile we would like to highlight Kathy Parks, our Foster Store’s Lead Sales person.
When I walked through the doors of the Carpet Place, now Area Floors, eighteen years ago, I was overwhelmed with the sheer amount of the products available. I knew I had a lot to learn, but I was also excited about the challenge. I have always had a mad passion to restore and decorate homes, particularly older homes. Now, I had vast amounts of products available to me, and I soon realized I could finally do what I had always loved. The flooring industry has given me many tools to use in creating new home environments.
Prior to Area Floors, I spent many years working for the JC Penny Company. It was my first “real” job out of high school. While attending Portland State University, I worked in the men’s department at the Lloyd Center Shopping Mall. For the next three and a half years I attended college and worked part time. You might say that JC Penny paid for my education. I ended up working in their advertising department for the next twenty years.
I was married for over 15 years and I have two wonderful children, a girl who is thirty seven and a boy who is thirty four. I also have two beautiful grandchildren ages five and three. They bring so much love and are a constant joy. Being a grandmother is a thrill of a life time!
The man of my life is named Terry. I have known him since eight grade, not only did we go to the same grade school, but also high school and college. Although our lives originally went in different directions, we finally reconnected at our 40th high school reunion. He is the rock in my life!
The other man in my life is my cat name Tyce. He adopted me about seven years ago. Never having had a cat before, he is a constant source of amusement. Of course, he lets me know what his demands are, but still brings me his special love.
Over the years, I have experienced many changes in the flooring industry. Some years have been more challenging than others, but they are always exciting. It gives me great pleasure and satisfaction to work with customers in creating their dream homes.