What were you doing 30 years ago?

Berry’s Paints of Homestead is celebrating Curtis Mayes 30 years with the company.

If you have bought flooring of any type from Berry’s Paint, Hardware & Flooring in Homestead, you most likely have dealt with the “Carpet King”, or as they now call him, the “Flooring King”, Curtis Mayes.

In 1988, Curtis Mayes began working for Berry’s at their Naranja store called the Carpet Den. Curtis did installations and eventually ran the carpet department. Curtis, who was born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee, had recently come to Florida for work.

After several years, Curtis moved to Berry’s Homestead location. “I like what I do. My favorite part is meeting and greeting people and getting to know them. I have great installers and that is the main thing. You can buy expensive

carpeting but if you don’t have good installers, it isn’t good.”

Curtis is married and has one daughter and one granddaughter.

When asked how long he plans to stay at Berry’s Curtis laughed, “Probably until I retire and I don’t know when that will be. I’ll probably be here for another 30 years…like 96 years old and still working here! The Berry family has been great to me and they are great people to work with. I love their family…nice people.”

It is clearly evident that the other employees respect and love Curtis as well. Installer Antonio “Tony” Labrada stopped by with Cuban coffee for Curtis. Curtis continued to praise his installers and was getting ready to go out to a job for measurements with Tony.

Co-worker Cheryl Diehl stated admiringly, "He is really knowledgeable when it comes to flooring. Curtis has a saying that 1988 was a good year. Not only was it the first year Curtis started with Berry’s, it was also the same year the Florida Lotto and Miami Heat started.”

Concetta Beasley has worked with Curtis for 27 years. “He is the best I’ve ever worked with. I’ve never heard an angry word from him. He is always cheery and his customers just love him.”

Curtis seemed a little embarrassed by all the attention but true to his humorous self, he chuckled, “Are we going to be on the front page? After 30 years do I get front page?” When the laughter died down Curtis smiled and quietly said, “Just know I’m never bored…I enjoy coming to work every morning.”

Not many people stay in the same job for three decades anymore. It was a common thing to see in the 1960's, 70's, even 80's, but it's rather rare these days. It just shows you how great it can be when a great employee meets his match with an excellent company. Congratulations!