The Observer News Bids Adieu to
Observer News sales manager, Karen Butterfield is retiring. The sales executive has decided to end her 17-year career in newspaper advertising tomorrow, June 8.
“I have been working since I was 16 years old and it’s time,” reflected Butterfield. “I want to travel, pursue my art and start a photography business.”
One of those endeavors will begin within the month as she and her husband, Jim travel to China for 3 weeks.
“I am going to miss Karen and our brainstorming sessions, but I have her cell phone number and it’s only $3 per minute to call China,” said her fellow sales rep, Vilma Stillwell. “I wish her well and envy her decision.”
In addition to earning the friendship and respect of her customers and co-workers, Butterfield has been the backbone of the sales department and the driving force behind some of the newspaper’s most popular and lucrative sales promotions.
“It has been a pleasure to work with Karen over the years. I respect her as a person and as a business woman. She has an uncanny sixth sense. . . she reads people extremely well. It’s an intuitive skill, not something that can be taught or learned,”said publisher Brenda Knowles. “Karen deserves the best that life can offer and I will miss her, but like Vilma and the rest of the gang I know where she lives.”
Coastal Auto Spa Carwash and Oil Lube Cuts the Ribbon
On May 23, Coastal Auto Spa Carwash and Oil Lube owners Michele Barnes, Steven and Beverly Williams and Daro Ward cut the grand opening ribbon for Ruskin’s newest business. The event brought out many local business owners, chamber members and media reps. The auto spa located at 1430 U.S. 41 in Ruskin is open 7 days a week from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
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