I first met Paul when he interviewed me for a position at Hayden Labs in the late 1980s, in the pre-makeover days when he had big hair, big glasses and a big moustache. I remember him appearing to be very serious and remember thinking that the interview wasn't going well. Then he asked if I was one of three that he had interviewed, what did I have that I could offer over the other two. I remember replying saying of my interest in the pro audio industry amongst other things and he said "good reply" or words to that effect. He left his office briefly and returned with an offer of employment and asked when I could start! I got home still in a daze.
On 16 November 1990, he employed me as Service Manager for Sennheiser UK. It was a very exciting time being a part of the new company from a very early stage. I remember a few of us travelling up to Manchester I think, to pick up our company cars and setting up the office with shelves for printers and he was always very involved and made us all very much part of a family. He was also personally very supportive and offered me assistance during a very stressful period when there were a few teething troubles with some new products.
As the decade grew to a close, I had decided to head to Australia for a warmer climate and as I had applied for a skilled migrant visa, I needed a statement of service from my employer and remember awkwardly going into Paul's office to ask him for one. I seem to recall at my leaving party he said I "sheepishly came into his office" which sounds about right! On the 7th of January 1999 he gave me the letter, I know, because I still have it and have just reread all the kind things he said about me which is giving me a lump in my throat. On a lighter more humorous note he gave me a second letter that said words to the effect that I was a lazy slob, a drunk and he wholeheartedly recommended me to the Australians!
I always thought that we would catch up again sometime but, alas it was never to be.
Paul gave me some massive opportunities that opened many doors and I will never forget that.
My heartfelt condolences to Sue and the rest of the family.