My mom, Sharyn Perkins, has been working for The
Mom is known around the neighborhood for sharing
Both sets of my grandparents even join the
My mom is one of the hardest workers I know and a testament to why you should find a company you truly believe in and feel passionate about working for every day. Like all jobs there were tough days here and there, but mom was always enthusiastic and proud to be part of Coke. I noticed this even when I was younger, and this is what inspired me to find that same passion – in work and personal life.
Perkins family picture with the Coke Santa in 2010
As you can imagine, as I grew old enough to join the “real
world” and start my own career, I always had my eyes set on The
One of my favorite family Coke traditions is visiting mom at
the headquarters for their Christmas
events. We take a family picture with the Coke Santa every time. Different
family members are able to attend every year, adding on a few over the years as
well, but what’s exciting for me is now I’m one of the people they’re visiting!
Here we are at a friend's southern-themed wedding shower.
Coke is a pretty big and busy place (and we work in
completely different worlds – communications and finance), so mom and I
schedule meetings and lunch dates to make sure we see each other now that we’re
in the same building every day. Occasionally I even get a surprise visit at my
desk! However, even when I don’t see her, there’s something really comforting
knowing your mom is nearby. She has always been who I go to for advice, to
vent, to brainstorm and to share exciting news, so it’s nice to have her close
by. I even got to be here when her team surprised her with a celebration for
her 50th birthday.
So in true Coke fashion and in honor of this week of celebrating moms, I want to thank her for being the best role model - A woman full of love, passion, energy, drive, knowledge, kindness and simply a whole lot of fun. I strive every day to follow in her footsteps.
Happy Mother’s Day, mom! (And thanks, Coke, for all the added fun over the years.)