About: Sandy Burke was raised in Pittsboro and now lives in Goldston. She’s a graduate of Wake Christian Academy in Raleigh and Central Carolina Community College

Posted 2/7/19

Occupation: Sales and Design Consultant at H&B Furniture, Siler City. I’ve been there one year. The unique thing about my work history is that it mostly revolves around “home.” For nore …

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About: Sandy Burke was raised in Pittsboro and now lives in Goldston. She’s a graduate of Wake Christian Academy in Raleigh and Central Carolina Community College

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Occupation: Sales and Design Consultant at H&B Furniture, Siler City. I’ve been there one year. The unique thing about my work history is that it mostly revolves around “home.” For nore than 20 years, my goal has been to assist others in making their homes as comfortable and aesthetically pleasing as possible. I have done this through consulting, making custom draperies, being a real estate broker and helping customers furnish their homes from H&B Furniture’s showroom floor. I love the fact that clients come to our store with a vision and I’m able to be a part of making that vision come to life.

Family: My husband’s name is Bill. I have three sons in their 20s and two daughters-in-law.

First job: My first job was at The Fabric Center on Steele Street in Sanford when I was 17 years old. I learned to work with the public and further my understanding of accurately measuring and cutting fabrics.

Advice to someone wanting to work in the furniture business: It’s a great position to be in if you’re creative and have vision. People are depending on you to help them make good choices.

The most unusual request I’ve received at my job: To fully furnish a new house in Mississippi without stepping foot inside. I was able to do this through many email pictures and a copy of the floor plan. The client was willing to transport all the pieces themselves and send me pictures of the outcome. It turned out great!

Least favorite saying: “Lucky.” I don’t believe in luck. I believe all things good or bad, happen for a reason.

When I retire: I would love to be of service to sick or lonely people.

A fear I’ve never overcome: fear of heights.

An invention I’d like to eliminate: the internet.

My favorite city: Chicago. The people are friendly and there’s so much to do. I have great memories from my visit.

I love where I live because: Our town is like big family. Goldston is a hidden gem.

My favorite movie: “Gone With the Wind”

My favorite book: The Bible. It’s my lifeline.

My favorite thing to do on a Saturday night: Stay home and watch a series on Netflix.

My favorite season: Spring. It’s a new beginning, green returns and the air is fresh and warm.

My biggest pet peeve: The use of incorrect grammar. My mother was an English teacher and corrected me often. My grammar isn’t perfect by any means, but I try!

My all-time favorite musical artist: Elton John. I saw him in concert in 1975 and 3 times after that. I’m attending his Raleigh concert in March.

One rule for society: Have compassion for others, try to put yourself in their place.

I define success as: Possessing good character.

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