Fifty years in the pink shirt

Julia Creek’s Glen Laffey, is this month celebrating a long career and his fiftieth year in a pink shirt. Starting on 9 January 1967 in Brisbane as a trainee at age 16, Glen says that working everywhere early on has kept things interesting over the years and built his knowledge.

“You’re thrown into the deep end pretty quickly as a trainee which set me up well to move about Queensland, from St George, Dirranbandi, Richmond, Wandoan, Blackall, and Cunnamulla – learning about how to get the best result for my clients,” says Glen.

Since joining Julie Creek as branch manager in February 1983, Glen has helped to build Elders’ presence in the area through times of huge technological change.

“My job is nothing like it used to be – times have changed! Selling methods and the way we communicate is totally different,” he says.

In spite of the changes, Glen says that the way he thinks of his customers and the community is the same.

“It’s the people that have kept me here,” he says.

“Our district is full of nice people. Many of these are my clients and many of them are as loyal as they come – even through our tough times.”