The celebration, a complete surprise, was to acknowledge the fundamental contribution which Ron Isaac has made to crafting the Raymond Brown Group. As Ron Isaac arrived for work, he was greeted with a forecourt display consisting of a Bell B40D 40 tonne articulated hauler, Bell L2106E wheeled loading shovel and the restored classic International BTD-6, the machine he first operated for the company during his early days of service.
Ron was employed by Raymond Brown as a trainee plant operator in 1964 after spotting an advert in the local newspaper. Soon after the commencement of his employment, Ron was introduced to the International BTD-6 tracked shovel and, after a short period of intensive training, went out on site clearing vegetation and trees.
During the next eleven years Ron went on to operate a number of machines and in 1975 he was appointed to the role of Contracts Director. In 1982 Ron succeeded Raymond Brown as Managing Director, and took over as Chairman, when Raymond stepped down in 1995 and became the company’s President. Ron has continued as Chairman to this day, 50 years after starting with Raymond Brown.
The commemorative day also included a procession of 20 vehicles from the Raymond Brown fleet which drove slowly past the head office, whilst Ron, his family and employees looked on. Afterwards, Ron admitted this brought a tear to his eye, as it brought back fond memories of the late Raymond Brown and the previous 50 years.
After the procession, all employees and guests gathered for speeches made by Kelvin White, Group Chief Executive and Sue Brown, eldest daughter of Raymond Brown. A special toast was made to Ron, by Kelvin White.
Ron was presented with a book of recognition with personal comments made by employees, many of them describing him as an ‘inspiration’ and ‘role model’. His commitment and dedication to the company over the last 50 years is widely recognised.
The event was followed by the cutting of Ron’s impressive Bell dumptruck themed cake.
In his speech, Kelvin White, Group Chief Executive said, “It is a testament to the respect and affection for you that brings so many colleagues both past and present to join us today.
On behalf of all at Raymond Brown I would like to thank you for your huge contribution in moulding the business over the past 50 years and for instilling the values that sets us apart. It has been an honour working for you.”
At the party, Ron Isaac commented, “I am speechless. Never in my life could I feel that I would get as emotional as when those vehicles came along the road. I just wish Raymond could have been here to see them, I really do.
I’d like to thank you all and show my appreciation for this memorable day. 50 years is a long time and I have always enjoyed my work. Would I do the same again? Yes I would. I would not change my life. I am so happy and pleased to do what I have done and I am so proud to be part of the growth and development of the Raymond Brown Group.”
From modest beginnings, the Raymond Brown Group has grown steadily, now with an annual turnover of almost £90m, employing over 400 staff in a variety of sectors, including construction, waste management and quarrying. Last year saw the Raymond Brown Group celebrate another milestone, its diamond anniversary, marking 60 years of successful trading as an independent business.