Happy 50th birthday Gary!
Gary is 18 with 32 years’ experience.
We all know some birthdays are harder to handle than others. Most of us begin with ignoring it: “Birthday? What birthday?” Then denial kicks in “No I’m not 50 for years yet – still just a pup!” Next comes the Gallic shrug. Just accept it and throw a party! Of course, we didn’t remind him of the pending birthday at every opportunity and with the best of motives. We just wanted to help Gary celebrate his birthday and to supply cards, presents, cake and……many, many, many candles!
Gary joined Arefco in 2010 as Business Development Manager which turned out to be a portmanteau title which covered almost everything you can think of other than sweeping the floors. If only I had thought of it at the time the most important piece of equipment Gary could have had was a copy of “Larn Yersel Geordie” but since he has now acquired the all- purpose phrase “Nae bother” Problem solved! When Arefco joined the UTEX group in 2011 he became our Managing Director and then the fun really started…………….
For the last four years he has overseen the transformation of Arefco from a family run company into the Corporate Entity we are today.
His wicked sense of humour has seen us through the tough times and made for lively outings when he had to drag us away from our desks to celebrate the good times. Such a hardship to abandon the laptop to eat nice food and drink good wine in the company of your comrades in arms!
He has negotiated his way through outbreaks of hysteria, hissy fits and the occasional slough of despond and lived to fight another day.
Great party, thanks, Gary. Never give up!