Independent builders merchan buying group NMBS has celebrated the 40 years its mananging director Chris Hayward has been working for the organisation.
Hayward joined the business on17th October 1977 as an office junior in the finance department.
After that, he worked within various roles in the finance department whilst studying business studies and for an accounts qualification in the evenings., before being promoted to sales ledger supervisor in 1980 and then to the role of computer manager in 1982.
He held this latter post for nine years and during that time played a key part in helping NMBS to embrace the digitial revolution and in managing the buying society's shift to EDI and more computerised methods of operation.
Hayward was promoted to the position of commercial manager in 1992 before becoming marketing communications manager and then marketing director in 1999.
Two years later, he was promoted to the position of managing director, only the third in the group's 54-year history.
Haywards's 40 years of service to NMBS was recognised with a special commemorative presentation at the NMBS Dinner Dance.
said "I joined NMBS as an apprentice and four decades later I still see the apprenticeship continuing. There is always something new to learn, new challenges to face and new opportunities to act upon which can help NMBS with its on-going efforts to strengthen independents."
He adds: "I've seen many changes over the years with many of the most significant developments stemming from advances in IT and the advent of the internet. I've also enjoyed many highlights and made many good friends amongst both our members and our suppliers.
"I'm looking forward to building on my achievements and experience to date and building a company legacy which supports dynamic and continual change with a real commitment to lifelong personal development."