Our employees here at SAS are like family, always there to offer their support and share their SAS memories. Some of our employees have been part of SAS for 20, 30, or even 40 years. Some are brand new, but feel a part of the family. In celebration of our 40th Anniversary in 2016, we wanted to share what some SAS employees had to say when thinking back on their time at SAS, and remembering the company's founders, Terry Armstrong and Lew Hayden.
Rosie Saucedo (Finance) - “They (SAS founders) were always concerned about the people in the factory. They would always treat the people right and say, ‘Take care of your people and they will take care of you.'”
Bill Armwood (Wholesale/ Retail)- “Terry Armstrong used to say, ‘People don’t care how much you know, they just want to know that you care.’ That always stuck with me.”
Chris Pena (Customer Service Retiree) - “To me they (SAS founders) always gave the impression that they cared for you. I guess in a way they always called it ‘the family.’ We are family. You go in there and you work with a person for so many years that you feel for that person.”
Oscar Quintanilla (One of 13 Original employees) - They would say, 'Good job, keep doing a good job,' you know. I mean, we learned a lot from them. I learned a lot from Terry and from Lew. We were part of like a family in those days."
Delma Ortiz (Manufacturing) - “We’re like a big family away from home. We all care for each other and we all take care of each other. We help each other out.”
Max Mueller (Design and Development)- “Things that I remember and still look forward to every day is seeing familiar faces that I’ve known for years. And over the years, I may even forget their names.”
Susan Rizzo (Wholesale) - “We should never lose sight of where we started. We should never lose sight of that. And we never will. We’ll continue paying tribute to Lew (Hayden), to Terry (Armstrong) and pay tribute to their memory. And to the sacrifices that they made, because they made a lot of personal sacrifices in the beginning, a lot! And then continue to remember them and to honor them.”
Sherwood Ellis (Engineering)- “Well yea, think about that. 40 years. To be in the United States this long, it’s incredible.”
Tyler Remmert (Project Manager) – “I’m really grateful that I’ve been able to be here 3 of the 40 years of this company; and I’m really looking forward to the 80th anniversary.”