Tom Maxwell has celebrated 25 years in distribution as Nimans held a surprise presentation in front of work colleagues to mark his illustrious career in the comms channel.
Tom was presented with a bottle of champagne, cake, card, framed photo and vouchers, from Group Sales and Business Development Director, Richard Carter – to acknowledge his milestone.
When Tom first started at Nimans in the late eighties the IP, digital and mobile age hadn’t even started, and staff numbers were around 12 compared to today’s 200 plus.
“There have been many changes,” he recalled. “When I first started DTMF phones had only just launched and Loop Disconnect systems were still selling well – followed by deregulation that helped shape the industry. Fax machines took off due to a postal strike, the payphone market opened up and then we witnessed a digital revolution with ISDN followed by IP. Technology has led opportunity and change. Most of the early resellers were retail-based independent phone shops selling landline phones because mobiles didn’t exist. Technology has made a huge difference and today’s ‘super resellers’ are now mainly b2b focused operating from large business units and plush offices. But one thing that hasn’t changed is our commitment to serve the customer.”
Tom added: “The presentation came as a complete surprise. I still enjoy working here as much as ever. There’s still many industry characters around and close working associates.”
In addition Warehouse Supervisor, Dave Barber, has also celebrated 25 years’ with the company. Seventy two people have been with the company more than 10 years.