Sammic’s sales manager, William Wardrop, is retiring from the catering equipment sector today.
An industry stalwart, the 65-year-old has had two stints at the manufacturer, originally for 3.5 years until 2000, then returning after 10 months at RH Hall in 2001.
Since then he has been the firm’s northern regional sales manager, covering a wide area comprising Scotland, Northern Ireland and right down to the English Midlands.
“I have helped to build the brand awareness of Sammic in the UK,” William told Catering Insight. “Today it is one of the market leaders in food preparation, warewashing and sous vide equipment.”
He has also helped to train new sales managers over the years, including his replacement, Keith Radcliffe. William detailed: “At some point in my time at Sammic, I have been responsible for all corners of the UK.”
Following obtaining a degree in hotel management, he began his career at Mainland Caterers and has had spells at IMC and Glasgow-based John Deas Catering Equipment, where he rose through the ranks first as a sales rep, then a sales development manager and finally as a sales manager responsible for half of the sales team.
William decided that now was the time to retire, after his 65th birthday in April, but due to the amount of projects he was involved in, a phased handover was planned.
“What I will miss most are the people,” he commented. “I have made some good friends in the industry, many of which travelled from all over the country for my leaving party this week. I was very touched, it was wonderful.”
His plans in the near future are to continue his work with the Alzheimer’s Society and to go on a well-earned cruise.
Sammic stated: “He has been a major contributor to the success of Sammic in the UK with his enthusiasm and professionalism. He will be missed by all at Sammic and his many customers (friends). We wish William lots of happiness in his retirement.”