Pam Milliner, Sales Administrator of the Pembroke Dock branch of W P Lewis and Son retired on Friday 16th December 2016 after 30 years of loyal service with the company.
Pam explains that 30 years ago, the late Stuart Lewis offered her a role within the company after being made redundant locally. “I’ve very much enjoyed my 30 years at W P Lewis and Son.”
She describes her recollection of when she started with the company. “I first worked with ‘Boss’ (Mr W P Lewis) and then with Stuart for 26 years. Both the legacy of Stuart and W P Lewis is still very much still with the company. The camaraderie is wonderful here.”
Steve Lloyd, now Managing Director, joined the company just after Pam started and has worked closely with Pam over the years. “Pam has been involved in much of the company’s progression over the past 30 years. She was very much part of the car launches and has been very active with the company in hosting many events, both offsite and onsite. Pam has worked loyally with us over the years and is part of the team, sharing our strong team and family ethics.”
Pam recollects one of her highlights of her time within the company when the staff held a concert at the dealership celebrating their 50th anniversary where the staff dressed up in various outfits from the decades gone by. “I think I ended up in purple tights, a mini skirt and red hair! The people are just full of fun and the atmosphere here at the dealership is amazing.”
Pam fondly recollects several years back she had fallen whilst on holiday in London badly injuring herself and a member of the W P Lewis family drove up to London to pick her up to get her home again. “It’s like one big family here”.
Pam has seen the company develop, “I have seen much change here, especially after Stuart’s passing, but Steve along with Mark as General Manager have taken over and done a fantastic job. Everything has progressed, especially in terms of paperwork. W P Lewis used to have to go all the way to Haverfordwest to licence new cars and all our invoices were handwritten. Now they are done on the computer it has cut down on time and paperwork”.
She ends her time at the dealership saying “I will miss the friendship here very much. The team have been a source of comfort for me for the last 16 years since my husband died and they have always been there for me.”
Pam says that she has some plans when she finishes. “I walk quite a lot and try to keep myself fit. I have recently given up golf but I’m sure I will find plenty to do!”
Steve concludes, “over the years with us she has almost become the senior stateswoman of the company. We do look up to Pam and we are going to miss her dreadfully but we wish her well with her retirement. I know she won’t forget us, we certainly won’t forget her, and on behalf of the company I would like to thank her most sincerely for the work and the effort she has put into the company over the past 30 years. Good luck Pam”.