"Before joining Pepsi-Cola Bottling Company of Central Virginia, I had been employed by Mass Mutual Life Insurance Company for five years. When Mass Mutual decided to close its Charlottesville office and I realized that I would be without a job, I checked with the Virginia Employment Commission and was given the name of three places of business to apply. One of them was to check with Burkett Reynolds, who was Personnel Director of several of the Jessup enterprises. Upon speaking with him I found that he was looking for someone to be secretary to Mr. Sam Jessup and his sons, Claude and Jimmie Jessup. The interview was, I believe, about 30 minutes. Mr. Rennolds said that he never hired anyone based on the first interview and that if I thought I would be interested in the position, I should call him in a few days to arrange another appointment. When I called to schedule the second interview, he said, “When would you like to start?” The year was 1953 and we decided on Monday, April 27 as my starting date. My beginning salary was 80ȼ per hour (which was more than the $100.00 per month I was being paid by Mass Mutual). I received pay increases in 5ȼ increments and was so happy when I reached $1.00 per hour!
After the death of Mr. S. A., his son, Jimmie, became President of Pepsi-Cola. When the new plant on Millmont Street was constructed, I was given the choice of staying downtown as secretary to Claude Jessup or moving to Millmont Street as secretary to Jimmie Jessup, President of Pepsi-Cola. Since my family had moved to Albemarle County only a short distance from the Pepsi Plant, my decision was to transfer there so I would not have to go to downtown Charlottesville each day. That turned out to be the best decision because the downtown office was later closed.
I started on Millmont as Jimmie’s secretary and receptionist. Over the years, I have performed many duties some of which include human resources, payroll, insurance, retirement plans, posting customer debits and credits on the bookkeeping machine, checking invoices for proper documentation, and processing and writing full service checks. I even rode a route with one of the salesmen one day.
Over time I found myself in the payroll department. Ralph Krouse, who was responsible for payroll, approached me prior to his vacation one year and told me that I was the only person in the office he could rely on to process the payroll while he was gone and that he would start teaching me the following Monday. Unfortunately, Mr. Krouse was in an automobile accident that afternoon and was not able to work for a few months, meaning that I had to learn the payroll on my own. Upon his return to work he said that I should continue with the payroll, which I did for many years.
My present position here is Benefits Coordinator. I really enjoy my job and working with the employees at all four locations. I am grateful to the Jessup Family for allowing me to be a part of Pepsi-Cola Bottling Company of Central Virginia over the past 62 years." - Agnes Garver, Benefits Coordinator
"I came to Pepsi-Cola Bottling Company of Central Virginia in June, 1996 with some trepidation. I had left a company I worked at for over 12 years due to a long commute and two other jobs that were great, but where I didn’t feel an ability to grow my career. Accepting the position of Executive Secretary at Pepsi-Cola Bottling Company of Central Virginia is the best decision I ever made. I have a sense of belonging!
I have always been a fan of Pepsi and to actually work for a company that has been in business since 1908, producing something I love, makes it all the more humbling. Our owners care about us and help us to grow and learn new skill sets. I feel I am appreciated and allowed to take initiative to get things accomplished. I love the technology I have been given to do my job on or off site.
Upper management is always looking for the “most benefit with the least cost to the employees” and has come up with a great benefits package. We have a fantastic employer match on our 401K Plan, which is helping me save for my retirement. Benefits are constantly reviewed to make sure we have what we need to take care of ourselves and our families. It makes me feel proud to be a member of the “Pepsi Family” because I know they are looking out for me.
In my position, I also have the privilege of working with quite a few non-profit organizations within our community. I am constantly in awe as to how important giving back to the community who supports us is to this family owned and operated business. I am so proud to be part of Pepsi-Cola Bottling Company of Central Virginia’s family!" - Cathy Fitzgerald, Executive Secretary, Charlottesville, VA
"I started working for Pepsi-Cola Bottling Company of Central Virginia in 1998, not long after graduating from high school. My job search brought me to the Pepsi-Cola facility in Warrenton, VA. It was a short commute from my house and seemed like a great opportunity. I was initially hired as a Merchandiser, but quickly found my calling in the vending department, where I learned all the different aspects of vending, including driving a delivery truck and how to repair equipment. As a Service Tech, I worked on vending machines, coolers, and fountains. I am now the Vending Manager with new responsibilities and a great group of employees to manage. Pepsi-Cola of Central Virginia has a great insurance program, free gym membership, and an outstanding 401K plan. I enjoy a short commute, a great job and co-workers, all of which my family and I appreciate a great deal." - Gary Wharton, Vending Manager, Warrenton, VA