Belron's John Robinson Enjoys Early Retirement
August 8, 2012

by Casey Neeley,

John Robinson

On June 30, 2012, John Robinson officially retired from Belron. After 22 years of service, the former director of Belron technical services for the Americas and Austro-Asia made the decision to seek early retirement.

During his time in the industry, Robinson says he saw many improvements. For him, increased professionalism is the greatest development.

“The industry has incrementally got more professional," says Robinson. "I started in 1974, before Belron was formed. It was a little bit of a cowboy business back then. Over the years it has gotten incredibly more and more professional.”

Robinson is not only proud of industry achievements, but also some of his own.

“When I joined the company we had just bought Glass Medic Inc. in the U.S.; at this time the Belron name had not been established although the Group had an international presence," he says. "They had mixed equipment across the group; if I were to pat myself on the back it would be for achieving repair growth across the world.”

Looking back on his career, Robinson notes that he will most miss “the folk, customers, and my team. I can’t say more than that really. I’m a real people-driven individual. That’s what I’m really going to miss and already am.”

Robinson’s colleagues say they will miss him as well.

“It was a pleasure for me to have worked with John for a long period and personally I will miss him as a part of my team and as a personal advisor,” says Johan Mortier, technical director at Belron International. “John’s footprint in Belron is absolutely visible and above all shows how he loved to engage with people, he was most definitely an expert in this field and a great ambassador for the company.  I am sure many of you will have excellent memories of his genuine warm personality.”

Having spent the past 22 years moving between the U.S. and U.K., as well as travelling to the many countries he served, Robinson is looking forward to settling into retirement.

“The plan is I finished work at the end of June and for the rest of this year is to practice retirement then review, there are two dimensions in play, to see if I cope with it mentally and financially then in the new year, if neither of those boxes are ticked I’m going to look for further work," he says. "We got back from the U.S. at the end of December and since then we bought an apartment in Estepona, Spain, sold our family home in the U.K. and bought an apartment in our hometown of Birmingham, U.K., enabling us to have a lock-and-go lifestyle. We also thought about buying in Florida but doing long-haul flights, I’ve done enough.”

Robinson plans to spend the majority of his time with his wife, Diane.

“One of the questions I’ve been asked is how you have managed to remain married for 40 years, and I answered, actually I’ve only been at home for 25 of them,” he says.

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