Muir: Forty years have gone so fast
It is the end of an era for the Invercargill Licensing Trust with one of its longest-serving members retiring.
Trust sales and marketing manager Gary Muir is hanging up the many hats he has worn with the trust after a 40-year involvement, the trust announced yesterday.
However, he is not riding off into the retirement sunset just yet.
Mr Muir said he would remain involved with the trust on some projects, including the rebuild of the Waikiwi Tavern over the coming months to ensure a smooth transitional period.
"I've been with them for 40 years so have quite a bit of knowledge behind me. I'll move into a support sort of area," he said.
He rates the building and opening of the Ascot Park Hotel and Stadium Southland, major projects for the city, as among the highlights of his time with the trust.
"When I look back, there are a lot of things like that. Most rewarding however is the people you work with and the people you meet on the way through.
"I'm not a regrets person. My only regret is 40 years have gone so fast I feel as though I missed some of them.
"I can only hope the next 40 don't go as quickly."
His long-term commitment to the trust came as a surprise to Mr Muir himself, who initially expected to stay in Invercargill only a couple of years after moving from Dunedin in 1973.
"I thought I'd . . . move on to something else.
"But the challenges came thick and fast . . . and all of a sudden we're 40 years down the track."
Mr Muir, who officially retires in April next year, said he chose to retire now as it was the "right time".
"A gentleman that goes by the name of Ray Harper, who I admire immensely, often talks about making sure you leave when you're on top of your game . . . hopefully I'm leaving at the top of mine."
- © Fairfax NZ News
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