After more than 35 years in the industry, the last 18 years with Platinum Tools, “Papa” John Phillips has announced his retirement, effective Oct. 2.
“John truly has been the ultimate employee and a true friend,” comments Platinum Tools founder Lee Sachs.
“I can’t thank him enough for what he brought to myself personally and towards the great success of Platinum Tools. John’s reputation in our industry is unmatched and irreplaceable and he will always be remembered for his loyalty, honesty, integrity and patience. Semper Fi…Always faithful, Always loyal, Always our friend.”
Phillips joined Platinum Tools, the leader in solutions for the preparation, installation, hand termination and testing of wire and cable, in 2002 as sales manager. In 2008, he handed off the sales manager responsibilities and took on the responsibilities of product manager, product development and product support.
“John joined Platinum Tools when we were small and looking to grow,” adds Sachs.
“John developed our core sales rep force and trained and assisted them in how to sell our products. He also developed our core customer base and provided invaluable support and assistance with our marketing programs and tradeshows. He’s also not bad at driving a forklift and shipping…although he tended to abuse the tape gun!”
According to Platinum Tools, John Phillips, is known for his quiet, humble, and incredibly friendly demeanor.“
I love my job, so hanging up my hat is not an easy task,” says Phillips.
“In fact, I do so with mixed emotions…excited and at the same time sad. It is amazing how fast my 18 plus years with Platinum Tools passed me by. I have been in this industry for more than 35 years, and my 18 years with Platinum were the best because of the strong friendships I built during this time with my associates. So, as I begin a new chapter in my life, these special friendships will be part of the journey.”