Little did Gloria Robinson Stevens know that when she joined Frankfurt Short Bruza architectural-engineering-planning firm in Oklahoma City that computers would replace typewriters, she'd one day meet her husband through the firm and she'd stay 50 years.
The 73-year-old executive assistant celebrated that service milestone last month when the firm surprised her with a dinner at the Beacon Club on the evening of her anniversary date and presented her with a two-week trip to Italy.
Stevens joined the company upon graduation from Central State University, now the University of Central Oklahoma. She earned her degree in business education, but after practice teaching decided “I'd rather do business myself than teach it.”
When she started, Stevens not only typed specs, or written blueprints, but also answered the phone for the 40 or 50 mainly men who worked there. Today, she handles payroll and accounts payable for the firm of some 100 employees.
Career milestones include joining the Oklahoma City chapter of Executive Women International, which she chaired in 1992. In 1998, she married Don Stevens, who she met when he was a client of the firm. Today, he works with her there, as a project manager.
What kept Stevens there all these years? Its people, she said.
“I did think of leaving one time and interviewed at several places, but decided I was where I wanted to be,” Stevens said. “We're like a big family here. We look after each other.”
She said she also enjoys the variety of work and constantly learning new things and technology.
Principal Allen Brown calls Stevens the firm's glue. “She's the person who knows how things should be done,” Brown said. “And we need that, so that we're not always reinventing the wheel.”
I did think of leaving one time and interviewed at several places, but decided I was where I wanted to be. We're like a big family here. We look after each other.”
Gloria Robinson Stevens