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A fond farewell to Andy Parnham after 44 year career at Ernest Doe

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Andy Parnham has begun his retirement after a tremendous 44 years at Ernest Doe & Sons Ltd. During this time, Andy has done a fantastic job for the company, selling more than £200 million worth of construction machinery, including over 2,000 Hyundais and 1,500 dumpers. He officially retired on 29th March, just four days before his 60th birthday – cause for celebrating two milestones.

Andy joined Ernest Doe in 1974 as a 16-year-old apprentice in the workshop. At 21, he applied for the salesman job because he “would like a company car”, and began selling Thwaites Dumpers and Ford Backhoe Loaders in 1979.

Up to the age of 40, Andy worked until 9pm every evening so he could speak to his customers. After the introduction of mobile phones, it was easier to get hold of them during the day. However, Andy has always been available 24/7 whether you were a customer or a colleague.

Andy was Hyundai’s most successful salesperson in Europe, possibly even the world. This achievement was recognised by Hyundai’s CEO, Mr Rhee, when Andy received an award for Sales Excellence during a visit to their Korea factory in 2012.

Andy’s retirement was celebrated with his family, colleagues and friends during an evening at Prested Hall. Speeches from Managing Director Colin Doe and Sales Director Graham Parker summarised Andy’s career and many an old story was relived. Andy thanked everyone for their support over the years, including the workshop, parts department and sales office, to name but a few.

It was then officially time for Andy to hand over the baton to Nigel Booley, who will follow in Andy’s footsteps. Nigel brings a wealth of experience to Ernest Doe and has settled into the company well since joining us last summer.  Scott Hull has been promoted from within the company to look after depot-generated sales.

Andy had previously celebrated his retirement with many friends and customers over a three-day leaving party at the 58th Doe Show in February this year. Many of them had been visiting him at the Show every year for decades.

Andy will now have time to pursue his hobbies: motorbikes, fast cars, horses and, of course, spending time with his family… maybe at a slightly slower pace!

Everyone at Ernest Doe would like to wish Andy a long, healthy and happy retirement: we will all miss you very much.

Below are some photos from the evening at Prested Hall.



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