Troy, the Marketing Manager, sauntered into our sales office like he had done so many times before but instead of asking us to proof some bit of advertising material, he clasped his hands together and said, “I wanted to let you guys know that my last day with AIRE is going to be June 30th.” My jaw just about hit the floor. Employees come and go, but Troy knew everything about everything. He was more then the advertising guy, he was my personal Sea Tiger expert, keeper of product history and the company computer whiz.
After 12 years with the AIRE, Troy had collected a few good stories, and since he is not here to protest, I’m going to tell a couple:
Troy had the opportunity to travel to a few trade shows and one particular trip to Colorado was especially memorable. The trade show was the same weekend as a Rockies game and Chris, the Sales Manager (who is an avid baseball fan), had a group of people put together to go to the game after the show. Troy was not a huge baseball fan, but it is the All-American pass time so he joined his baseball lovin’ associates to the game. Deep in the 9th (I don’t actually know the inning) a foul ball came sailing into his section. It has been said that Troy never moved so fast in his life. That ball rested proudly on his desk from that point forward, much to the chagrin of the Sales Manager.
Troy was in charge of promotional items and had quite a good collection of hats built up in his office. He had sample hats, hats from other companies, hats of all shapes and colors. One winter day, they “mysteriously” disappeared. For a month he did not know where they were or who took them (though, I’m pretty sure he had a good idea). When he got back from Christmas break his screen saver reveled a photo of the entire sales, purchasing and engineering staff (including Zeke the dog), lined up on the stairs each grinning from ear to ear, wearing one of his hats. Maybe he was mad, maybe just more mature then any of us, but he never really did say much about the hat incident…we all thought it was pretty funny.
One June 30th, he gave me some final pieces of advice, got pushed into the testing pond and pointed car to the East where a new adventure is waiting for him!