TOM PETRO'S RETIREMENT

WE ALL KNEW IT WAS COMING. HE'S BEEN TALKING ABOUT IT FOR A COUPLE OF YEARS. BUT TOM PETRO'S RETIREMENT SOMEHOW STILL SNUCK UP ON US. 

LAST MONTH, AFTER OVER THIRTY YEARS WITH THE COMPANY, TOM AND MAXINE PETRO PACKED UP THEIR LIVES, INCLUDING CAPTAIN THE OFFICE DOG, AND HEADED SOUTH. 

VIRTUALLY EVERYONE WHO HAS WORKED WITH TOM OVER THE PAST DECADES HAS COME TO KNOW AND LOVE HIS CORNY JOKES AND GENUINE INTEREST IN WORKING WITH OTHERS AND PROBLEM SOLVING. THERE'S ALSO NO DENYING THAT HE WAS SOMETHING OF A NATURAL "DOOR WHISPERER," FIXING THINGS THAT MOST PEOPLE WOULD'VE GIVEN UP ON. IF YOU WERE LUCKY ENOUGH TO HAVE BEEN IN THE PAUL'S PASTA LUNCH CLUB OR THE LUCKY MOJO HARD HAT STICKER CLUB, YOU'RE LIKELY TO BE MISSING TOM THE MOST. 

THERE IS NO WAY TO SUMMARIZE TOM'S AMAZING PERSONALITY AND TALENTS IN A BLOG POST, BUT SINCE WE HAVE TO, WE JUST WANT TO SAY : THANK YOU. THANK YOU FOR BEING PART OF A TEAM THAT BUILT SUCH AN AMAZING COMPANY THAT REFLECTS THE BELIEFS OF OUR FAMILY. 

BEFORE YOU START SOBBING EVERYONE, KEEP IN MIND THAT WHILE TOM MAY HAVE MOVED AND TAKEN A STEP BACK FROM THE BUSINESS, HE'S STILL INVOLVED IN OUR OPERATIONS. THAT'S RIGHT, TOM WILL CONTINUE TO WORK AS A DRAFTER FOR OUR ADVANCED TEKLA DRAWINGS, AND SERVES AS A CONSULTANT FOR OUR ACCESS CONTROL WORK. 

AS WHK CONTINUES TO GROW, WE CERTAINLY RECOGNIZE THE BIG SHOES WE HAVE TO FILL, BUT ALSO KNOW THAT THE FOUNDATION SET BY WOLF, ERIC AND TOM WILL LET US BUILD WELL INTO THE FUTURE.