I can’t believe it has been two short years since you left us.
Just as it was last year, you are still missed by so many people. Not just your family at home, and at Exetel, but also our suppliers, and frequently people I’ve never met, but who have been impacted by you, for the better, in your different jobs and roles prior to Exetel. To me personally, it’s always heartening to hear another story about you, as everyone who has met you, seems to have a funny John Linton story – normally filled with quite a few expletives!
Again, as it has always been, so many great memories of our times together, which I will always cherish, and I will be forever grateful for all the help you have provided me to be better at what I do, and I know people like Raymond, Brendon, and Clarissa (to name a few) share my sentiments regarding how you give people opportunities, and nurture them to be better at what they do, as you always believed in everyone.
Exetel as you know, is on the cusp of its ten year anniversary, and I can hear you saying “that’s a long fucking time”, but a lot has changed in the last seven months, and I’m certain you would be very happy with these changes, not to mention that the company as a whole had good revenue and profit growth, with the corporate sales teams smashing their targets! Moving into our tenth year, as the last major family owned and run ISP in Australia, there are some very exciting opportunities ahead for Exetel, specifically with the NBN now becoming a reality for residential customers. With Richard at the helm, we will see Exetel be a more major player in the NBN, and general telecommunications landscape moving forward, for the betterment of Exetel, its staff (in Australia, and Sri Lanka), and ripped off Australian comms users.
As always, I miss you, as do the rest of the family and many others, but I know you are at the equivalent of Aria/Quay in heaven downing some Dom and having a good time.