Julian Lambert, sales director of Maidaid Halcyon, is retiring after dedicating 32 years of service to the catering industry.
He joined the warewasher and icemaker supplier in 2000, following his earlier career path at Rowntree Snack Foods, Lockhart Catering Equipment in Reading and Wholesale Catering Equipment in Leicester.
During his time with Maidaid Halcyon, he has repeatedly broken sales records, firstly as an area sales manager and subsequently as sales director of the company.
His colleagues believe that this level of continuous success has been achieved by Lambert’s in-depth understanding of the company’s extensive product range, coupled with his efforts to understand the requirements of his customers. Maidaid Halcyon feels that Lambert has always been able offer invaluable advice on the best products for every application – both large and small.
His sales training sessions for distributors have become ‘the stuff of industry legend’. Over the years, Lambert has delivered the training in a humorous and enjoyable manner, whilst still imparting a high level of information and know-how to the attendees.
Chris Myhill, Maidaid Halcyon operations director, said: “Julian must be one of the most widely known and charismatic characters within the UK commercial catering industry. His approachability and his ability to deal with people at all levels within the catering industry has won him many friends, and he has been a huge asset to our business. He will be sorely missed by us all as a friend and colleague.”
Lambert said of his 19 years at Maidaid, that they have been the happiest of his working life. He thinks of the whole Maidaid team as family and will miss working alongside them every day.
However, he is looking forward to relaxing with his feet up in 2020 and also to taking a lot more holidays with wife Mandy, playing golf, and is even thinking about taking up fishing again.