This month marked 25 years at RH Hall for Kris Brearley, the supplier’s long-serving sales director.
Celebrations got underway as MD Ray Hall presented Brearley with a number of gifts, including a personalised cake, long service award and a number of nostalgic items representing Brearley’s history with the business. The senior management team then joined him for a surprise celebratory meal, with further celebrations planned throughout the year.
Brearley’s history with the business really dates back to 1987, starting with a part time role at just 17 years of age. After showing some excellent promise, he was taken on full time in 1988. Sadly, it seemed that his time with company was to be short-lived, with Brearley leaving RH Hall in 1990 to start a landscape gardening venture with his best friend.
However, in 1992 he returned to the business with a role in the commercial sales team, further developing the company’s recent expansion into the catering equipment market.
Over the next few years, Brearley continued to develop with the business and in 1997 was deservedly appointed sales director, dedicating most of his working life to the company and becoming an integral part of the increase of business turnover from £1m to £13m+ today.
Hall spoke of his relationship with his co-director: “Kris is reliable, dependable, honest, thoughtful and always conducts his work ethic with integrity. He is an achiever, passionate, caring, involved, well liked and very well respected. He has been a real rock for the business over the years and I’m proud to say a really great friend also. We have had so many exciting, interesting, fun, testing and progressive times together – and whilst we have had to sort out many business issues along the way, we have always been able to move things forward in a positive direction. Kris has been a fantastic ambassador for RH Hall and I sincerely thank him for his 100% dedication to the business.”
Also working extremely closely with Brearley over the years, Duncan Vipas – sales and purchasing manager – shared his thoughts: “Kris is to thank for my career with RH Hall – 18 years ago I applied for a role within the spares department, but Kris saw a better potential for me within the sales team and we started what has been a dynamic partnership. Not just a colleague, but also someone I’m privileged to call a friend – he has an infectious personality and when the work is done we frequently grab a cheeky cider, discuss our passion for Watford FC and have a great laugh.
“Kris’ colleagues and peers all know the recent journey he has been on and he has shown the same inspirational strength and positivity in getting over his ill health as he does when trying to get a sale. I have learnt so much from Kris over the years and am looking forward to working together for many more years to come.”