...I hit the Jackpot!
After the Big-Bang
and its aftermate 2002
In spring 2001, after my (partial-) recovery from the "Big Bang"
in Nigeria, I decided not to return to Lagos.
Anyway, I had not much choice. My Company was technically bankrupt. My wife sold everything and paid out our staff.
There was not much else to do. All what was left where considerable liabilities. Not quite a comfortable for a new start from scratch!
Also for the first time in my live, I had to realise that I'm getting older! To be 59, seemed to be quite an issue back in Switzerland. Most gave me a zero chance to get a decent job again.
Never mind! I tried hard and finally approached RIETER, the Company in which I did my apprenticeship. To my astonishment my old mates Walter Zweifel, Kurt Wacker, Eddy Nüssli and others where still with RIETER.
I got a job! I was very happy and relieved to be on my own feet again! - Of course, I was no longer my own boss but that would have been asking for too much! By-By "Social Security" hand-outs!
For three years, I was working in a very pleasant team, headed by Peter Illi and my former classmate, Walter Zweifel (Sales VF)< >.
Other members are Michael Danielsson, in charge of Indonesia and Rolf Zimmermann responsible for Korea and Vietnam. It was a
good time but I missed a bit the challenge by being at the front. Therefore, when there was a vacancy pointed out to me by Peter Illy,
involving visiting customers in the Eastern part of the World (India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, China and others), I applied for the post
and finally got it. My age was a bit a concern for Sylvano Rufo.
With VF in Indonesia & Vietnam
This was an incentive trip for me. I joined the Road Show by RIETER Machinery Sales! I had nothing to do than to enjoy and follow the pack! No presentations or other obligations
attached. Of course sometimes I wished to be more needed but that came later!
With Parts New Products (PN)
since 1st April 2004
Since April 2004, I'm working with RIETER New Products, or short PN
. This department is headed by Silvano Rufo
. Other members of the team are, Roberto Gabriele (Technical), Rico Bachmann (Sales Assistance) and myself. We are mainly
engaged in promoting and selling JOSSI
products "The Vision Shield"
as a prominent example, but also the newly launched Rieter Core Yarn System
Other inmates of our office are Hans Speich, Walter Ebneter, Sigi Hug and in rotation, some youngsters under training.