“Have passport, will travel”
January 9, 2014 By Annex Business Media
Jan. 9, 2013, Simcoe, Ont. — Not many people can say they've worked for
one magazine for 25 years, of 34 total working years, but believe it or
not, that's how long Mark Crandon has been promoting the Greenhouse
Canada brand as national advertising manager.
Jan. 9, 2013, Simcoe, Ont. — Not many people can say they've worked for one magazine for 25 years, of 34 total working years, but believe it or not, that's how long Mark Crandon has been promoting the Greenhouse Canada brand as national advertising manager.
Today's is Mark's last day here as he is retiring to enjoy some well-deserved leisure time!
Mark and better half Wendy, a retired teacher at Fanshawe College, recently moved to a newer home, and although there is a bit of work that needs doing, it's not enough to keep them from hitting the open road in search of fun.
|Delegates to last fall's Canadian Greenhouse Conference paid tribute to
Mark for his many years of dedication and leadership. Trade fair chair
Lorne King (at left in photo) presented Crandon with a painting in a
Plans for travel are open-ended right now, which is exactly how Mark likes it.
He intends to do plenty of golfing and fishing, and hopes to spend more time at the family vacation home in Florida on the Gulf Coast of Florida.
Mark studied advertising and marketing at Sheridan College in the late 1970s. He then spent a short stint working at the local newspaper in Mount Forest, Ont., before starting work back in his hometown of Delhi in October 1979 at Cash Crop Farming, the Delhi News-Record and Canadian Tobacco Grower magazine, which later became NCC Publishing, then Annex Business Media.
INDUSTRY ROOKIE IN 1989
In fall 1989, Mark began selling exclusively for the greenhouse market.
One of the longest serving members of the Canadian Greenhouse Conference trade fair committee, he says he has always enjoyed dealing with people, especially longtime customers that he now considers friends.
"The greenhouse industry is a very close-knit industry," he observes. "Watching clients' children grow up and getting to know the next generation as they take over family businesses is very satisfying," he says.
COLLEAGUES WILL BE MISSED
However, it's not just clients he will miss, says the rather young retiree. He has enjoyed working with his colleagues over the years, in particular, editor Dave Harrison, with whom he's worked for more than 17 years. He says together they have learned a lot and managed to have fun at the same time.
"We may have heard 'last call' at an establishment … or two … over the years," quips Harrison.
"Mark knows everyone in the industry, and his goal was always to help them grow their businesses in marketing to growers," adding that Mark was widely respected for his dedication to the industry. "It's important to like the people you work with: they're the people you spend most of your day with," he says.
"It's been a good company to work for, with good people."
You can drop him a line at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 519-429-5184!
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