Dear Joe…….

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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”.

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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!

Brian Farno
Application Engineer
BrianFarno@EXAIR.com
@EXAIR_BF

A Ride Down Memory Lane

The past few weeks been very busy, both here at EXAIR and at home.    Last night was the first night in quite some time where I arrived home to a quiet house and which afforded me some time to decompress and process. I had roughly one hour of time before my wife and daughters got home and so I sat down and just stopped thinking about everything.   I turned the TV on and my Home Theater PC was going through all the pictures that we have stored on it as a slide show.

The pictures ranged from family gatherings before we had kids to my first daughter’s birth (wow, there are a lot of pictures of that first kid!), through time and up to the present which finds me with a 4 year old and a 16 month old.  You can even see our two dogs growing older in the pictures from every month.

In no time at all the hour was up and I heard the garage door opening up.  Then got to see the three women that make my life awesome come through the door – and its a great event to have young kids who still celebrate seeing their dad for the first time in a day.

Many of us have such busy lives that I’m sure you can appreciate some down time at home which allows you to refocus. It certainly helped me to bring everything here at EXAIR right back into focus.  EXAIR keeps pushing forward (in case you haven’t noticed) with expanded product lines, new products, new people and new services.  We’ve come a long way since we began in 1983.  Instead of a single product sheet for a catalog we now have a 164 page catalog and every single product line has grown to encompass more and more models.   Our product lines aren’t the only thing that have grown also.  You can see just how much we have grown by the many co-ops, Professor Penurious has enlisted, I mean employed. He’s had so many co-ops he has a slide show of his own.

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So if you haven’t seen our newest items or are still rocking the timeless Catalog 99 because you like vintage items – give us a call or visit our website at EXAIR.com, a lot has changed but our top notch service remains.

Brian Farno
Application Engineer
BrianFarno@EXAIR.com
@EXAIR_BF