Lisa Farmer, former managing editor of The Daily Record, is now employed as personal assistant to Pat Godwin Sr., owner and founder of The Godwin Group, headquartered in Dunn.
Farmer began work in that capacity April 1, the anniversary of the date when Godwin came home in 1996 and told his late wife, Judy, he had quit his job as a route salesman for Pepsi-Cola. With two toddlers in diapers, Judy Godwin thought it was an April Fools’ joke.
When she was away at her job as a grocery store cashier, Pat Godwin unplugged the stove and plugged in his welder which was in a detached garage. So were the beginnings of Godwin Manufacturing Co., the nation’s largest and most successful family-owned and operated truck equipment manufacturer, with nearly half-a-million square feet under one roof in Dunn. Another building is currently under construction.
Since then, the company expanded with Champion Hoist and Equipment, also in Dunn; R/S-Godwin Truck Body in Ivel, Ky.; Galion-Godwin Truck Body in Dundee, Ohio; and Williamsen-Godwin Truck Body in Salt Lake City, Ohio; all part of The Godwin Group. Also, over the past three years The Godwin Group has been grooming a new direction for an existing product line and will make an announcement later in the year of a spin-off company under the auspices of The Godwin Group.
Farmer retired from The Daily Record March 21 after working there for 31 years, 25 of which as managing editor. She was also the managing editor of the Mount Olive Tribune at the time of her retirement from Record Publishing.
“I’m enjoying this new opportunity working personally with one of the area’s most successful businessmen,” Farmer said. “He is truly self-made and comes to work every day, all day and routinely travels out of state on business matters, still working to expand his brand.”
Among Farmer’s duties, she has taken on the personal financial responsibility previously held by Judy Godwin, who died last year; and then carried out by their daughter, Phyllis G. Norris, who was and still is serving as the company’s vice president.
Although working for most of her adult life in community journalism, Farmer has a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from Mount Olive College. She is also a former adjunct at Campbell University and Campbell Times adviser and president-elect of the Rotary Club of Dunn.
Farmer and her husband of 32 years, David, reside in the Plain View community. Their adult daughter, Alycia Gaines, and her husband, Michael, reside in Black Mountain along with the Farmers’ three grandchildren, Ian, Layla and Hailey.
Farmer will be honored by the Dunn City Council Tuesday, May 14, at 7 p.m.