Business Development & Account Manager
45 years of continuous service with one company. It must be some sort of record! David Sweeney is a humble man, who will leave an impressive list of relationships from his time with Openbook Howden.
From the feedback we received from David’s clients when he announced his planned retirement, it’s clear that his ability to go the extra mile has made him the successful account manager, and much respected colleague and friend that he is. We asked David a few questions so we could find out more about the expert on all things history books.
What drew you to OBH originally? And how has it changed since?
I had no career path planned when I left school, and Lutheran Publishing House (now OBH) was looking for a delivery driver for the press department. My mother said that was all I was qualified to do – so I applied!
I bet everyone asks what it’s like to have worked for the one company for 45 years. What do you tell them?
It’s people that make life interesting and there has been new faces often enough to keep me on my toes. There has always been technological change to make the workplace interesting.
What did you start doing and what roles have you done since?
I started as a delivery driver for the first 6 months, and then into the press office for training. From there I dabbled as a marketing assistant, and then retail management. I later settled back into the printing department. Having had a variety of roles within printing, I have always enjoyed the liaison with customers. It’s what I’m most passionate about.
What aspect of your role do you enjoy the most?
The variety of customers, and the many different products we print, has always made work diverse and challenging.
What are some of the changes you’ve seen over 45 years?
– Computers and mobile phones
– Computer to plate technology replacing film
– 2 colour to 4 colour press
– Introduction of digital printing
– Augmented reality
What’s your greatest achievement?
Managing to work for the same company for 45 years!
What book did you read last?
The autobiography of the Leyland brothers. I don’t do a lot of reading but hope to get back to more in retirement.
If you had to eat one meal, every day for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Not being an adventurous eater, any combination of meat and three veg would be fine.
If Hollywood made a movie about your life, who would you like to see cast as you?
Finally, what are you going to do with your time once you retire?
Fishing, caravanning and grand-parenting… I’m sure that will keep Heather and I out of mischief!