James J. Stankovic, who dropped out of Merganthaler High School to take a stock boy's job at J. Schoeneman Inc. and worked his way up to company president, has announced he will leave the Owings Mills apparel maker by the end of the year.
In a telephone interview from his New York office yesterday, the 51-year-old Baltimore native said the decision to end his 35-year career with Schoeneman was his.
"This is something that's been on my mind for a while," he said.
"If I'm going to change anything in my life, take a fresh approach, it should be now, when I have 15 or 20 years left," he said.
He will remain as a consultant for the company early next year.
Although he spends three or four days each week in the New York headquarters of Schoeneman's owner, Plaid Clothing Group, he says he still considers Baltimore home.
He said he plans to take some time to golf and fish around Maryland and then look for another job.