Roger Howard, one of the industry’s longest serving members, has stepped away from the toy chest this week – retiring from Casdon Toys after 45 years of service.
Howard joined the team at Casdon in July 1976, when he was just 16. Starting as an office junior, Roger was put in charge of the warehouse and sales office after just a few years. Heading up UK Sales since 2000, Roger has had a rich record at the business – seeing it grow from a UK operation to the international business.
Becoming an extended part of the Cassidy family in the process of his tenure with the business, Roger said he has many fond memories of his time with Casdon: “I have had 45 amazing years at Casdon experiencing some fantastic times from my very first Toy Fair as Sales Manager, to travelling the world with the job.
“I have worked with some great people past and present and have watched the company change and grow over the years. I’ve built up some great relationships with both customers and fellow workers and would like to wish all at Casdon the very best for future success.”
When asked what he was most looking forward to about his retirement, Roger said that he was looking forward to getting away on a sunny holiday once restrictions allow and enjoying the relaxation.
Phil Cassidy, managing director of Casdon, said: “I would like to take this opportunity to thank Roger so much for his unrelenting commitment and loyalty to Casdon for 45 years. Not many people can say they started a job at 16 and have continued to work in the same business right through to retirement. This is an achievement he should be very proud of.
“Roger’s hard work over four decades has been instrumental to Casdon’s continued success and we thank him so much for this. He was not only a great employee he has become a friend and family member.”
Anyone that would like to wish Roger well in his retirement can contact him at: firstname.lastname@example.org.