McCann Tales with Sheryl Williams
A hell of a lot has happened at McCann since 1912. From three different building moves to all the people I’ve seen come and go, this place hardly has much of what it did when it all started.
But even a dusty old machine like myself has found comfort in seeing Sheryl Williams walking around for the past 52 years (and wow, does she look great compared to me). Her upcoming retirement is a major landmark for a company that started over 100 years ago -- because Sheryl is the longest working McCanner in company history.
I remember in 1964 when she started as a Teletyper, a position that was erased along with the need for me and my friends once computers were created. After a year and a half in that position, she worked as a dispatcher for over a decade, and is now culminating her career as the Assistant Office Manager, a title she has held for 40 years.
While Sheryl’s tenure and longevity is impressive, what makes her truly remarkable is the mentality she’s had day in and day out for half a century. She truly believes in the culture of the community we’ve created at McCann, being loving and kind to each other and appreciating everything that you have. If you don’t believe me, ask her yourself before she leaves. Just a few of the many things she said to me were: “It doesn’t cost anything to say good morning;” and “I love this place. That’s why I care so much about it. I want other people to care about it too.”
Even after her last day at McCann, Sheryl’s spirit will resonate through these halls. We all can take a page out of her book and remember that even though this may seem like a generic office, at its core, McCann is bigger than that — it’s a chance to embody everything that Sheryl did every day for 52 years.
Not that it’s nearly as important, but if you’re wondering about me, they asked an old typewriter from way back in the day to narrate this story (since I was one of the only things in this office when Sheryl began her career). You can find me hanging out on the 26th floor. I definitely need a little W-40 and a fix up, but I think if this article proves anything, it’s that age really is just a number.
You will be dearly missed, Sheryl. Thanks so much for everything you’ve done!