Farewell to Steve Hooper
Today we say farewell to Steve Hooper, our International Sales Manager, who is retiring.
Steve joined Thinking Space in 2012 as the new Export/International Sales Manager. A brand new position for the company, Steve’s appointment was key in supporting the growth of the international security control room furniture sales.
Steve joined us having years of experience working in the security industry, working for companies such as Metro Security PLC, Comnet Communications Europe Ltd, Network Video Technologies and Honeywell. Upon his retirement, he will have clocked up 46 years working in the security industry.
Over the last six years with Thinking Space, Steve has been instrumental in growing our international sales. His dedication to the business has been exemplary; in fact in May 2014 Steve received our Employee of the Month Award for going the extra mile. He accompanied a client on a tour of our factory whilst on a days’ leave! As Managing Director Wayne Palmer explained ” but this was typical of Steve. Always up early, travelling at short notice or working on a weekend to tend to his clients needs … a pure professional”.
Steve also had an impact on those he met whilst travelling, and had the opportunity to get involved in the culture of the country he was visiting. In November 2014, Steve was invited to attend the Oman National Day Celebrations with a leading supplier of M&E services in Oman. Steve joined the staff in their celebrations, which included dancing and gifts.
Last year, Steve was touched when the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Bahrain held a special welcome back for him. After seeing the TSS Bake-Off competition on our blog, they created some wonderful food sculptures, including our logo.
Just a few memories of which Steve will have many more to relive.
Steve plans to spend his retirement with his family, something that is particularly important to him having spent most of his working life away from them travelling. “I am also planning to travel back to the some of the countries I have visited over the last 20 years, but this time as a tourist, and see more of the country" explained Steve.
Back in May, we celebrated Steve's impending retirement with a special award at our company meeting.
From all our colleagues at Thinking Space, we thank you Steve for your commitment and dedication to the company, and we wish you every happiness in this new chapter of your life with your family”.
Photo: Steve celebrates his last ever IFSEC exhibition with colleague Neil Walker.