We recently celebrated Steve Brown’s 51-year tenure at Cass Precision Machining! Cass President Jim Garvin is seen here shaking hands with Steve (the guy with the big smile on the right) following a special presentation that Jim delivered at our year-end meeting on December 18th 2017.
Steve started at Cass Precision Machining as an inspector in 1966 while attending college at the University of Minnesota. He graduated from the U of M while working full time at Cass, and then served in the US Air Force Reserves. Steve moved from inspection to the machine shop, helping to serve our customers in a number of machinist roles. In the 80’s, Cass recognized his leadership skills by challenging him with a foreman’s position. Steve obviously left a positive mark with the shop team as witnessed by the hearty farewells he received at this retirement celebration. In 1995, Steve joined the Cass sales team as a Sales Engineer, and served in this capacity for the past 22 years. It’s pretty amazing to note that many of us think of 22 years as a career, while in Steve’s case, it was “just a step along the way”.
Steve is leaving behind many business relationships with satisfied customers, key suppliers to Cass, and allied machine shops – relationships that have evolved into personal friendships. We at Cass have an important responsibility to sustain these relationships as we step into some large shoes that Steve leaves us to fill. As he transitions into retirement, we are grateful to know that Steve is available to help us with details and information that no training or transition program can capture – and are hopeful that we can minimize that need as Steve begins to spend more time with Barb, his wife of 48 years, his three children and five grandchildren. We know he’ll be doing more traveling, particularly to Florida, while keeping up with his racquetball and golf leagues, and time at the lake with family and friends.
51 years – what an accomplishment! We are so blessed to have had Steve as part of the Cass family. Please join us in wishing him the best of all things as he begins his transition into retirement.