Tuesday, December 24, 2013

People of Highland Park #5: Vijay Maktal, Saiff Drugs

What was a particularly great day for you at Saiff Drugs?

It was a day in 1995, when I was a freshman at the Rutgers College of Pharmacy. On the recommendation of a friend I went to interview with Ivan Saiff for a job as a pharmacy technician at Saiff Drugs. This friend had worked for Ivan when he (the friend) was in law school.

I had no idea what to expect on the interview. And I had no previous work experience, certainly none in the pharmacy business.

I dressed formally for the meeting, walked in to Saiff Drugs, and shook hands with Ivan. He looked at me and said: "When can you start?"

A great reference can go a long way!

I've been at Saiff Drugs for 18 years now and I've become the pharmacist in charge and part owner. It's a wonderful place to work.

@ Saiff Drugs: Highland Park Pharmacy, 325 Raritan Ave., Highland Park, New Jersey

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About People of Highland Park: Like modern-day roving vox populi reporters, Harry Glazer and Mason Resnick roam the small suburban town of Highland Park, NJ, looking for interesting people, their stories, and their photographs. Harry's in charge of the words, and Mason does the pix.

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