BTME and Saltex regular for the last 24 years, Karl Wiedenmann has retired. Even though his remit was heading up worldwide sales for Wiedenmann Gmbh, Karl made it his business to make as many UK trade shows as possible.
Colleagues and friends for 24 years, David Rae (left) Managing Director of Wiedenmann UK and Alistair Rae (right) Chairman, Wiedenmann UK with Karl Wiedenmann, (centre) International Sales, Wiedenmann Gmbh
For the last two and a half decades Karl has helped expand the Wiedenmann fleet beyond Terra Spike aerators into other areas such as collecting, sweeping, seeding and artificial turf maintenance.
At a special farewell at Wiedenmann UK's HQ, David Rae, Wiedenmann UK's managing director said that Karl's influence was everywhere in the Wiedenmann brand. "Not only is he expert in logistic and technical matters, Karl's dependability to 'do the right thing' shines through. Dealers and customers up and down the UK got to know him and valued his opinion. Every business needs a Karl."
Even Karl's legendary reliability at client functions came in for special praise. David Rae quipped "Karl could be last to leave the bar and put the lights off at 04.00 am yet be first up, fresh and ready for breakfast at 06.00am. We, his colleagues, loved him for that alone. He was great to have on the team."
After accepting a presentation of an engraved quaich and Scotch whisky, Karl acknowledged the UK has become like a second home. However he reserved his warmest tribute to Wiedenmann UK chairman, Alistair Rae, crediting him for generously passing on the education that enabled Karl's smooth transition from agriculture to sports turf in the 1990s, saying it was on Alistair's solid foundation he built his Wiedenmann career.