APT Founder Rich Celio retires in 2018 after 24 years

The APT team honored Rich Celio at the 2018 holiday party with a retirement gift and a poem by our HR/Finance director Marion Radford reflecting on the company’s history since founding in 1994.

For Rich – As you retire from APT…

When you started this company, just a party of one…
You couldn’t foresee what your vision had begun.

 

Throughout all the years, you and Andy side-by-side…

Mostly smooth sailing, and a few roller-coaster rides.

 

A great partnership was formed but of this I’m aware…

That you’ve given each other just a few more grey hairs!

 

Through the good years we sailed so proud of all we’d done…

Through the tough years we stayed focused on the possibilities to come.

 

Office celebrations we’ve had, and a marriage for five…

Quarterly meetings & outings, the APT family comprised.

 

Many birthdays and holidays have gone by through the years…

And the New Year we’d begin, side by side with our peers.

 

5 babies have been born, other children have grown tall…

Some moved out to get married or for college in the fall.

 

Because of APT all our lives have been improved…

And for six of us, into new houses we have moved.

 

We were able to save money, building up our 401k.

And plan our retirement for when it happens someday.

 

We took family vacations, some bought new cars to drive…

And moved to new offices three times and survived!

 

And if not for APT, there would be no holiday dinners

No gift cards, or bonuses – and no office snacks, and we’d be thinner!

 

We gather here today to say goodbye to a friend…

As you venture forward, a new chapter will begin.

 

After 24 years, as you are planning to leave…

Let’s remember the good times, and all we’ve achieved.

 

And what we’ll remember that tops all the rest…

Is the laughter & the memories – these are the best.

 

You will always be a part of us here at APT…

And our founder and mentor you always will be.

 

Wishing you luck and happiness, Rich, as you move forward in the new chapter of your life.