While some think it is crazy to work past the age of 65, others don’t even blink in the direction of retirement. In fact, according to United Income, 13 million Americans age 65 and older will be in the labor force in 2024.
Three individuals from the Greenville community were interviewed about why they are still working, and their answers contained one common thread: Each of the three described a sense of fulfillment working later in life and loving what they do.
John Campbell: Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP
Campbell, 70, a lawyer for more than 45 years, has been working with Nelson Mullins since 1988. He was one of the original partners in the Greenville office.
The firm stretches from Los Angeles to Boston. “It has been a miraculous ride,” Campbell said in regard to the growth of the company.
Campbell’s day-to-day has changed since he started working. “I used to take the kids to school and be in the office between 7:30 a.m.–8 a.m. every day,” Campbell recalled. “With them grown and living their own lives now, I have more flexibility.”
Campbell finds that he has more time, both in the office and outside. “I am an avid hunter and love to fish,” he said. “I also have traveled quite a bit, visiting places like Poland, France, Singapore and Thailand.”
His clients aren’t worried when he travels, because he always makes sure to stay connected and plugged in. Finding his drive and sense of urgency unique, he said he has been able to keep a strong and consistent client base.
Campbell plans to work as long as he feels needed.
“You have to like what you’re doing, or you won’t stick around,” he said. “If you don’t like what you do, you’ll leave as soon as you can.”
Having practiced law for most of his life, Campbell said he doesn’t see a time when he will retire. “My dogs would rather me not work,” he said jokingly. “However, I will work as long as I’m needed.”
He said that there is a strong sense of fulfillment in going into work every day, knowing he is working with a well-established firm. “There have always been good people that have come through Nelson Mullins,” said Campbell. “We walk up and down the halls and shake hands and I can confidently say we are all friends.”
Frances Simon: The PSGroup
Simon, 69, who has been with The PSGroup for 38 years, is the main leader of her team, which comprises financial advisors who work closely with their clients and instruct them on basic financial planning, along with navigating the financial institutes of life. “We prioritize getting to know the client and actually keeping up with them,” Simon said.
A typical day for Simon includes taking care of emails and meeting with clients, which she says is the fun part.
“We are a client-centric group and we help to communicate the financial world to them,” she said.
Clients present new and challenging tasks every day, something Simon thrives on. “I have gained a lot of satisfaction from working so long, and gain more the longer I work,” she said.
Being completely invested in The PSGroup, Simon has a higher level of understanding from how things work from working so long: “It all translates into me being a master of the profession.”
Most of the teams at The PSGroup include members who have worked with each other long enough to forge solid professional relationships. “We are a fun group, but it is definitely an extremely professional environment due to the confidential information of our clients,” Simon explained.
Having worked with clients for so long, and with the same company for over 38 years, Simon said she now finds there is more flexibility both in work and life. She has worked closely with her team and said “I am comfortable with my team while I am away.”
Simon said she has gained a great sense of fulfillment from her job. It has allowed her to help her clients in not just a financial aspect, but in their personal lives too. She has watched generations of families grow, which, she said, has been its own reward.
Anne Butfiloski: ScanSource
Butfiloski, 77, has worked for ScanSource for almost 18 years. She, along with six other event managers, handle conferences, road shows, and external and internal events within the company.
Going into work every day is a joy for Butfiloski, who said she still loves what she does.
“There is a great sense of fulfillment from my job,” she said. “I love the people I work with; they all keep me young.”
Butfiloski said the culture within ScanSource is a major part of why she stays.
“Besides, I would go crazy at home if I stopped working,” she said jokingly.
Butfiloski said her family is supportive of her working at this phase in life and that they make sure to set aside time so she can visit with her three grown children, six grandchildren and one great-grandchild.”
Butfiloski said she may retire soon, yet every year she has put it off. “I keep saying I will retire every time the end of the year comes around, but find myself working another great event,” she explained.
When Butfiloski isn’t working, she said she finds herself volunteering, spending time with grandchildren or going to watch her beloved Clemson Tigers play football. She likes always being on the go, and said she has no intention of slowing down.
“I’m afraid if I slow down, Father Time will catch up with me,” she said.