Kevin Jones is to take a well-earned rest after 48 years in the catering and catering equipment industries.
Currently national business development manager at Electrolux specialist supplier, Catering Equipment Professional (formerly Alpeninox UK), he is part of a family dynasty, working alongside his brother David, MD of CEP, while also splitting his time assisting his other brother, Andrew, the owner and MD of both BI Catering Services and Peachmans Catering Equipment Services, at the two distributor companies.
Kevin has always loved cooking, having taken that option at school instead of woodwork.
He started working in the catering/hospitality industry in 1969 and attended Oxford Polytechnic school of catering in up to 1971. During his college days worked for a summer in Montreux, Switzerland and another at The Manor House Hotel in Castle Combe.
He continued his career at the Shakespeare in Stratford upon Avon, followed by a 2 year spell at the Hilton and Marriot hotels in Amsterdam. Kevin also worked on North Sea oil rigs before returning to the UK and starting work at RAF Officers College Cranwell as a civilian chef.
Additionally, he had a period running the family pub/restaurant in Norfolk at the Spread Eagle in Barton Bendish, before starting his many years in the equipment and service business.
After marrying and starting his family, Kevin then had a very successful and fun period working for Hobart, initially as an area sales representative in Derbyshire then moving up to national accounts and eventually becoming the regional manager for the West Midlands office and moving to Tamworth.
Subsequently, he spent 5 years running his own distributorship based in Derbyshire, where the team built a good national client base.
This was followed by periods for what was then Scobie & McIntosh Catering Equipment, Catering Connections and Jestic, using all of the in-depth knowledge gained on both sides of the counter.
After a couple of recent health issues now resolved, Kevin has decided that the time is right to finally please himself with time to read, follow his favourite sports and travel, starting this summer by visiting friends in France, before looking for something interesting to do on a part-time basis.
David Jones commented: “Kevin has been a great asset to the industry over the years, and a very valued member of the CEP team, successfully growing the customer base and creating great relationships with its customers. He will be sorely missed.”
While Andrew Jones said: “Kevin has had so much success in this challenging business sector and always acted in a totally positive and professional manner. The industry will miss him.”
Andrew added on behalf of Kevin’s brothers and all his past colleagues: “Enjoy your retirement, you have earned it!”