It is hard to believe this day has finally come. I have to say that I
have mixed feelings today. It's wonderful to look forward to a future of
more leisure and to getting around to many of the things that I always
said I would do "someday." But I also feel sadness at leaving behind me
what has been such an important part of my life.
feels like a family. Although I know that I will see many of you around
town, leaving today feels like moving away from home. It has great
promise - and yet the thought of no longer seeing my "family members"
every day is hard to imagine.
I won't see Tim every day as I walk
into the building, there at the front desk. I won't see Margaret at the
desk beside my office door. I won't see all the rest of you in the
hallways or the lunchroom - and we won't be having those daily chats
about the Red Sox and the Patriots and when the winter is going to be
over. I will truly miss ALL of you - and ALL of those conversations.
But it is time to move on. I have enjoyed my time here at Parker International, and I'm proud of the things we've achieved.
Bob Johnson, I thank you for making this a great place to work and for all the support you have given me over the years.
company is great, and I know that the growth and innovation that has
been the hallmark of this organization will continue. I hope all of you
feel as fortunate to work here as I have.
On a personal note, I'd
like to thank Margaret for her tireless work on my behalf. And, my
wife, Louise thanks you too because she knows that without you I would
have been home so late every night that she and the kids would never
have seen me! Thanks for helping me and also for so often pushing me out
the door when I thought there was just "one more thing" that needed to
And thank you to Louise for your tireless support of me
over these years. I love you, honey, and I look forward to finally
doing all the things we have planned.
Thank you all for being
here today and for giving me this wonderful party. I feel richly
blessed. Be well, and I'll see you around.