Sunday, May 8, 2022

100-year-old man breaks Guinness World Record for working at same company for 84 years

by Jordan Mendoza

There's finding a career, and then there's finding a company you stick with for so long it breaks a world record, as Walter Orthmann of Brazil broke the world record for longest tenure at the same company, all while turning 100 years old.

Born in the small Brazilian town of Brusque on April 19, 1922, Orthmann wanted to get a job when he was 15 to help with family with financial problems, according to Guinness World Records

Because of his proficiency in German, he was hired as a shipping assistant for the textile company Industrias Renaux S.A., now known as ReneauxView, on Jan. 17, 1938. Soon after, he was promoted to a position in sales and then became a sales manager, a position he has held ever since.

Walter Orthmann, who just turned 100, has worked at the same company for more than 84 years.  Guinness World Records

Now, he has been with the company for more than 84 years. It was verified on Jan. 6, giving him the Guinness World Record for the longest career in the same company. 

Labeling this record his "proudest achievement," Orthmann said that what pushed him toward making history was focusing on the present. 

"I don’t do much planning, nor care much about tomorrow. All I care about is that tomorrow will be another day in which I will wake up, get up, exercise and go to work," he said. "You need to get busy with the present, not the past or the future. Here and now is what counts."

Orthmann began traveling across Brazil for his job in the 1950s and said he fell in love with being on the move and establishing good relationships with clients. Last week, he celebrated his 100th birthday with co-workers, friends and family. Guinness said Orthmann is in good health "with excellent mental clarity and memory." The office is his favorite place to be, and his advice on longevity is to work for a good company where people feel motivated. 

"When we do what we like, we don't see the time go by."

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