WAVERLY, NY - Doug Stack has spent two decades washing, polishing, repairing and transporting vehicles at State Line Auto Auction, and he’s still going strong.
However, the auction came to a halt briefly as Jeff Barber took to the block at the beginning of its Friday sale to make a special presentation to Stack, welcoming him into State Line’s 20-Year Club.
Stack is one of a growing number of employees who have worked at State Line Auto Auction for twenty or more years. Auction owner Jeff Barber praised Stack, who is the auction’s transportation manager, as “easy-going, level-headed and a tremendous multi-tasker” who has developed an excellent rapport with both fellow employees and auction customers since coming to work for State Line Auto Auction in 1988.
“The transportation department is one of the busiest offices here at State Line, and Doug handles it with ease,” said Barber.
Stack remembers that he came to work at the auction in the summer at the urging of a friend. Though he considered joining the Air Force, the auction business soon got “into his blood” and he stayed, cleaning cars, working in the recon department, working on the lot, repairing cars in the body shop, and spending time in the arbitration and registration departments before being promoted to head the transportation department nine years ago. He also handles post-sale inspections on sale day.
“The auction business is exciting,” said Stack. “I can’t imagine another job that has the kind of atmosphere that the auction has. Jeff Barber is a great person to work for. All he asks is that you do a good job…and he appreciates it when you do. I’ll be here at State Line as long as there’s a Barber running it!”