Reclaimed Love Story: Mike and Jennifer Bernard
We asked Mike and Jennifer Bernard to share their treasured moments of 18 years of marriage and an almost a combined 30 years of experience at Albany Woodworks.
So, when did you two meet?
Mike: “I was friends with her brother, and we used to play baseball together. I was thirteen years old when I first met her and she was the most beautiful girl I had ever seen. After that I would ride my bike over to her house everyday. I knew right away that she was the one for me.”
How did you two fall in love?
Jennifer: “We were friends first and then it blossomed into love.” Mike: “She fell for me when she heard my first music tape, and heard me singing on a 4-track vocal mix. She asked me if that was me singing on the tape and then snatched me up.”
How long have you two been together?
Jennifer: “A million years … we met over twenty years ago and have been married for eighteen.”
What brought you to Albany Woodworks?
Mike: “I was young and looking for a job. My friends lived near the Albany Woodworks mill and told me about it. They called for me to see if y’all were hiring and you were! I showed up the same day and met Richard and he hired me that day. I was green and wet behind the ears and had to learn everything from scratch. It was hard work to learn it all but I really like all the skills I have gotten.”
Jennifer: “Mike had worked for about three years and he told me I should come and apply for the secretary position. I came and interviewed and hit it off with Judith right away. I have been here ever since and that was 13 years ago!”
What do you like about working at Albany Woodworks?
Mike: “I like staying busy. There are lots of challenges everyday, but even when you are having a tough day, you can look out at the beautiful surroundings and it makes you feel better. I love running the Woodmizer saw and cutting up our 30 foot long beams. Its an important job and it’s a fun one.”
Jennifer: “I love talking with our customers, getting to know them and their project and helping them achieve the ideal look. Working at Albany Woodworks is like working with family, since I have been here for 13 years. My favorite part is getting to have lunch everyday with my Hubby.”
Why should customers come to Albany Woodworks?
Mike: “Because we have the best quality wood out there, I should know because I work with it every day. When we say reclaimed lumber, we mean it.”
Jennifer: “We have the best prices for the quality of wood that we provide. We are upfront and there is no question that it is great, the product speaks for itself.”