Sally Price has retired as Group Corporate Development Director at refrigerant specialist A-Gas after spending 24 years with the business.
Sally joined A-Gas in 1993, five months after the business was founded, and was the second employee on the books. The company now employs more than 500 people worldwide.
Group CEO Andrew Ambrose said: “Sally has been an integral part of the A-Gas culture, vision and history from the very beginning. Her legacy will continue to live on throughout the A-Gas values. She will be missed immensely by the team globally and we wish her every happiness in her retirement.”
One of Sally’s first challenges as Sales Manager was to help grow the company’s turnover to £250,000 a year. In less than two years, Sally and the team had exceeded the £4 million mark. “We went from strength to strength. At that time, many people were changing from CFCs to HFCs and they were asking for help with this,” Sally explained, “Due to the team’s technical knowledge, A-Gas had a niche service offering to provide to customers to help them switch to new products in a number of applications.”
A milestone moment was signing a contract in late 1990s with Kingspan, who at that time, were one of the largest foam insulation manufacturers in the UK. Sally was the key account manager for the client and her expert knowledge and ability to build successful relationships enabled the partnership to flourish. This was a significant moment in A-Gas history; it provided stability to the UK business which led to a solid foundation to build from into the Australian and South African markets.
Another highlight was when A-Gas secured a contract with NRS (now Climate Center) in 1996. Not only did this help expand the A-Gas business, but the partnership supported the growth of the NRS business too by supplying them with a “one stop shop” approach, allowing NRS to access the full range of refrigerant blends.
At the end of 2004, A-Gas acquired UK based business, Refrigerant Products. This was another great opportunity for A-Gas in providing a vital building block for its environmental services, refrigerant recovery and reclamation capabilities. Sally and the team played a huge part in the integration of the business, enabling A-Gas to grow within the environmental services sector.
“I have a lot to be proud of during my time at A-Gas,” said Sally, “As with any business, there have been challenges along the way. The dedication and positive attitude of the team and the support we have offered each other is the secret to our success. We’re committed to supporting every individual that joins the A-Gas family and that’s what makes us unique.”
Sally has travelled across the world in her role at A-Gas, supporting the teams in Australia, America, Asia and South Africa. She was appointed Group Corporate Development Director in 2013 and her primary focus has been to work with the team on preserving and protecting the people and cultural values which have made the company successful since the beginning.
She said: “I am immensely proud to have been part of something so pioneering over the last 25 years. I see it as important that the company continues to be visionary; A-Gas is growing rapidly and as an innovative company we must keep up with what our customers need. It will be very important to continue to develop and invest in our people and services and maintain the fantastic culture we have adhered to from day one. Thank you to all at A-Gas, I will miss you greatly and look forward to seeing what’s to come for you in the next 25 years.”