Today is truly a milestone - We are proud (and sad) to announce the retirement of Mr. Richard Barrere, our good friend and service manager for many years. Dick started his career at Hobart as a welder technician fifty years ago, and moved to Ground Power at the factory several years later. In 1983, Dick left Hobart to work in the "private sector" for McCormick Morgan in San Francisco. He became an expert in 400Hz distribution systems and was instrumental in the installation of many military and airport projects.
In 1988, Dick came to work for us to handle the west coast, where he drove a service van for several years and provided first class service to many of our customers (as well as competitors), who recognized his talent and ability. We then later relocated Dick to Smyrna back in the late 90's to help us with our growing service business. As Service Manager, he has processed thousands of invoices, taught us how things really worked, streamlined our service operations, and has made many, many friends in the GSE industry.
This week, Dick was presented a lifetime achievement award from Hobart Ground Power for 50 years of service and dedication to the industry. I know that you all agree with me that he has been one of the best, if not the best.
Dick, along with his wife and son plan to sell their home north of Atlanta and move back home to Ohio to be with family.