The founder of a local business is saying no thanks to retirement. Carmen Pariso is 94 years old. He's says he's been working since he was 16 and wouldn't have it any other way.
Pariso heads into work each day, with his faithful dog Dolly at his side. He is the CEO of Carmen M. Pariso Inc. The trucking company offers services from dump trucks to moving construction equipment or hauling stone and soil.
Pariso originally founded Pariso Brothers Trucking back in 1936 with his brother. When they left to serve in World War II, they were forced to leave their company and their customers behind.
"A lot of them said, 'So and so took care of me while you were gone' and I said, 'I think I took pretty good care of you too," he recalls. "Why? You were over there.' And I said. 'Well, you didn't see them over here!" Pariso was referring to enemy forces.
He was awarded The Bronze Star in WWII. And he was able to win those customers back, one by one, with a simple business philosophy. "Well, service," he said. "Give them good service."
His son, Tony, is now president of the company and still follows that advice. "That's really been the key," he said. "We have to go over and above what anyone else does in our business."
The company now employs more than 50 people, plus Dolly the dog, who Pariso says is always at his side.