Well, Friday, March 28, 2014 marked the end of an era here at EXAIR. It was the official last day of Joe Panfalone, @EXAIR_JP, #DearJoe. I know Joe has blogged about his retirement, but in case you didn’t know, he has been with EXAIR for 19 years straight. That is almost longer than Professor Penurious’ Co-Op has been alive.
When I first started here at EXAIR four years ago Joe would always tell me, just remember kid, I voted for you. The trick is he wouldn’t say whether he voted to hire me or not to hire me, just that he voted. I have a feeling that I was to Joe, like Dennis the Menace was to Mr. Wilson.
No matter what the question or what he was doing, I wanted to know. Joe was more than willing to tolerate all the questions, too. It’s almost like he has had kids before and that his patience has been tried before. No matter what would happen, he would just keep going back to the fact that he voted for me.
Joe hasn’t only taught me a lot about applications, theory behind product, and how to skirt around HR, he has taught me how to be a better manager, not to sweat the small stuff, and that when you find something good you better hold on to it for dear life.
One of the many things Joe is known for around here is his extensive palate; in other words, he’ll eat anything. Even my wife knows that if we have some leftovers or cake that we don’t want to eat ourselves, just send it in and Joe will eat it. He even returns Tupperware clean as a whistle with a note saying “More Please”.
The fact is, I am extremely excited to see Joe move on to the next chapter of his life. I can only hope that it will be better than he has made all of ours.
One last thing, Joe did make the mistake of promising to meet up this Spring / Summer and help me teach my oldest daughter how to fish. (Little does he know he’ll pretty much have to teach me, too!)
Thanks for everything Joe!