Behind the scenes

Day aims to celebrate administrative pros

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If it wasn't for the administrative staff, LPL Financial Services in Craig might not be in business.

"Our office would not function without our administrative people," said Dean Brosious, investment consultant at LPL. "They are the ones who really make the thing work."

Brosious said he tries to recognize and reward his two-person administrative staff throughout the year.

But Wednesday was Admin--istrative Professionals Day, a special day for administrative professionals worldwide.

The day is designed to celebrate the work that administrative professionals do.

Rick Stroud, a spokesman for the International Association of Administrative Professionals, said worldwide, millions of employers celebrate the day and Administrative Professionals Week, which started Monday and ends Friday.

"We use this time to get the word out about this profession," Stroud said.

There is a misconception that the day was started as a way to boost flower and candy sales, Stroud said.

But Administrative Profess--ionals Day, which started in 1952, is about more than greeting cards and bouquets, Stroud said.

The week helps educate the public about a profession that often is behind the scenes in the American business landscape, Stroud said.

"It's a time to focus on this profession," Stroud said.

At Edward Jones Investment in Craig, investment representative Doug Davis said his office administrator is the person who makes the office work -- and the clients know it.

If clients need something that requires Davis' expertise, they come to him.

But for just about everything else, they know they need to talk to the office administrator.

"She really does run the show," Davis said.

Davis' situation is different than most because his office administrator, Patty Davis, is also his wife.

Patty Davis said Admin--istrative Professionals Day is a chance to recognize people who make offices tick.

"It's a chance for supervisors to let people in the background know how important they are," she said.

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