FORT MYERS, Fla. (July 30, 2008) — Harry Perrino sets a record as the longest running employee on staff at Shell Point Retirement Community with 35 years of service. Perrino has seen many changes occur at Shell Point, and remembers when Tellidora was the only building occupied on the Island at Shell Point, while the Macoma was just turning out and the Nautlius was only a set of trusses. Perrino helped build the church and the Pavilion skilled nursing center. In addition to major construction projects, Perrino has worked on the sea walls, sidewalks, tile, carpentry work and more.
“Harry has been a dedicated Shell Point employee,” said Peter Dys, president of Shell Point. “He has seen so many things change in the community during the past 35 years. Harry sets an exemplary example to other employees of dedication and commitment, and wherever he is working on property, you always see him smiling. He knows all the residents in his area by name.”
Harry is originally from Connecticut, but calls Fort Myers his home. Harry and his wife, Nancy, have three children, and five grandchildren.
When asked about retirement, he is not sure when that day may come, but right now, he enjoys coming to Shell Point everyday. And when asked about how he accomplished such a rare feat of being with one company for so long, he said it is not hard when you love where you work and what you do.
“Shell Point Retirement Community has more than 850 wonderful employees who exhibit the same passion for excellent service that Harry has modeled,” said Karen Anderson, director of Human Resources for the organization. “One of the attributes that makes Shell Point so unique as an employer is the longevity of our workforce. It is very common for us to celebrate employee milestones of 10, 15, and 20 years or more frequently throughout the year.”
“I think this shows that Shell Point’s employees are proud to be associated with such an outstanding organization with an important mission,” she adds.
Shell Point Retirement Community is a not-for-profit continuing care retirement community located in Fort Myers just off Summerlin Road, two miles before the Sanibel causeway. Shell Point is a nationally recognized leader in the retirement industry.