Fifty-nine, 38 and 32. No, it’s not the breakdown of Olympic medals by country or the code to unlock the secret behind our tasty rotisserie chicken. But the numbers are incredibly special to us at Sam’s Club. Allow us to explain.
Sam Walton founded Walmart 59 years ago in July. In April, 38 years ago, Sam’s Club was founded, also by Sam Walton. And just three years later (32), Stacey Cole, an associate at a Sam’s Club in Indianapolis, Indiana, started her career.
See, Stacey started working when she was 16 years old and just a short time later, she had a parking lot conversation while she was collecting shopping carts that would cement her career path for years to come – 32 and counting to be exact.
"I was outdoors pushing carts when a man came to me and asked if I like my job," she remembered. "We had a nice chat. He did introduce himself to me as Mr. Walton. The next day that same man was in our breakroom at our morning meeting. He said he was Sam Walton."
Not too much time would pass before Stacey oversaw the jewelry department where she had some pretty interesting tasks – programming cellular phones (likely the 10-pound Zach Morris variety), developing 35mm rolls of film and of course selling gold by the gram. She then moved on to the refund desk before being part of the upstart auditing team, where she became the team lead shortly after, and then moved around as an auditor, helping other clubs.