In the past few years I have received some beautiful awards from a variety of organisations. They say it is for unrivalled dedication, passion and commitment to the global sports industry. Such an honour! In my acceptance speeches I told the audience that I was slightly confused as I felt that after a little over 40 years in the trade I was only just beginning. Kind of like: “You ain’t seen nothing yet!” Let’s hope so for the wonderful people in HI-TEC and MAGNUM. I must honour them for getting me these awards really, since they do all the work day in, day out.
Steve Jobs, co-founder of Apple, once said: “Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” I knew from the start that I wanted to produce honest products at honest prices which would serve my consumer’s hard earned cash very well. I had the courage to stick to this philosophy. Nowadays we deliver Hi-Tec products to 86 countries (last count) but are still happy to serve small orders from independent retailers all over the world.
At the same time we supply our MAGNUM products to countless military forces, police departments, emergency service teams, prison supervisors, health workers and blue collar work forces.
This year we celebrated our 41st year in the business during our Global Conference in Spain. We had a fantastic few days of presentations and meetings with our worldwide customers. And of course we had some active events, like playing golf, tennis, hiking and horseback riding and a little party (because does not everyone like to have one every now and again?). In doing so we stay true to one of our four company principles: FUN. The other three are: PROUD, HUNGRY and HONEST. These four are the pillars of all we do.
At Hi-Tec, we want to be transparent. If there is something on your mind about our brand or products, you can email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. This email address is also printed in every shoebox we send out. I know that the consumer of 2015 is extremely knowledgeable and knows exactly what he or she needs and expects from our products. What consumers tell me will be incorporated in our future offering – I guarantee you this. I want us to create a product with actual and relevant added value.
Thank you all for putting your faith in our team and for making it all possible. I LOVE MY JOB!
Frank van Wezel
Chairman Hi-Tec Sports International Holdings B.V.