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RACINE — Curt Pruitt has left his job as manager of Regency Mall to seek a job that allows him to help the Racine community full time.

Pruitt’s last day was Thursday, after managing the mall for 30 years. He said Friday that he went to the mall’s owners, CBL & Associates, to initiate his career change.

“I let them know I have been pulled emotionally to make a difference in the community and have a more direct impact on people,” and CBL “graciously” accepted, Pruitt said.

CBL & Associates is seeking applicants for the position, according to the company’s website.

Pruitt came to Regency Mall as manager in 1984, three years after the mall opened, and had been there ever since.

The Wind Point resident said he realized he needed his search for his next position to be a full-time endeavor.

“I realized this past winter that virtually all of my volunteer efforts in the community involved me advocating for something or mentoring someone,” Pruitt said about his motivation for leaving.

“I realized I wanted to do more of that. I want to make more of a difference in people’s lives.”

Pruitt said he was partly swayed by hearing what people have told his wife, Susan Lange Pruitt, an oncology nurse, in social situations. “I got to see how much she touches these lives, and I want to have the ability to do that,” he said.

Pruitt said he is seeking a job in nonprofit administration, community relations, as a “goodwill ambassador or any way I can be of service to people in our community.”

The father of three children and grandfather of one continued, “I want to bring my ethics, my compassion and professionalism, and I want to have more of an impact.

“I want to be somebody’s good day.”

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Michael "Mick" Burke covers business and the Village of Sturtevant. He is the proud father of two daughters and owner of a fantastic, although rug-chewing, German shepherd dog.

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