John Vogel, our executive vice president, is calling it a career, and what a career it has been. He has been with our organization for an impressive 24 years.

Originally, John was president of Kango before Atlas Copco Construction Tools acquired the company in the early 1990s. He came along as part of the package and already had extensive industry knowledge and power tool experience.

Once acquired, John was hired as the vice president of Atlas Copco (the Chicago Pneumatic (CP) parent company) before he became our executive vice president in September 2008. He always brings out the best in his colleagues and pushes the envelope to help achieve objectives.

CP has accomplished a great deal during his tenure and John has been instrumental in putting the brand on the map.

Many of his colleagues and former colleagues dropped by to wish John well in his retirement and share some stories:

Work Ethic

“John expected no more from his staff than he was prepared to give himself. It would be hard to find someone in the company who outworked him, and he always seemed to be able to rise to the latest challenge thrown at him from organizational changes, new management, or geographical shifts. Through it all, he had the most colorful way of expressing himself and motivating others that was uniquely John. He always attacked new challenges with vigor, built and rebuilt sales teams, took on new product lines, drove sales, grew distribution and marketed the heck out of whatever was sent his way.”

Peter Bigwood, former colleague

“I met John on our CP international launch in Liuzhou in 2011. His product and industry knowledge was very impressive to us. We wish him well!”

De Hui Liu, Liuzhou Tech Machinery Co.

Your friends at CP along with the construction and rental industries will miss your presence. You have accomplished so much in your many years here and we are proud of all the work you have done. Retirement is much deserved. Good luck and farewell, John!

Your friends at CP

Messages

Messages around the globe came pouring in to wish John a farewell.

“Quite simply, in the construction world you were Mr. Chicago Pneumatic. The brand, your customers and your colleagues will miss you! Happy retirement, John.”

Paul Humphreys, vice president of communications, Atlas Copco Portable Energy Division

“Thanks John for all the years of teamwork and dedication. Best wishes on your retirement!”

– Kevin Cook, regional sales manager at CP

“I wish you the best in your new stage! It has been a great pleasure to have worked with you and hope to see you again sometime in Spain.”

Felix Gomez, divisional product marketing manager, Atlas Copco Construction Technique 

“It has been an honor and a privilege to work alongside John for all these years. John was brave enough in June of 1997 to take a chance on a young man one month removed from college. He was my first boss, my first mentor, and most importantly my first friend within the Atlas Copco Group. Many thanks to John Vogel for his years of dedication and support. Best wishes as he begins his next chapter!”

Jonathan Cook, who is taking
over for John as executive vice president, CP

“John, how do I begin to thank you for all you have done for my career? You gave me my start here at CP, like so many others. You truly are a mentor to me and I have learned so much from you over the years. I have told you so many times that you are a father figure to me. When I first started at CP, you made sure I had a ride from the airport to the hotel and that I had everything I needed to travel safely. I have grown so much under your guidance and great expertise. I am truly blessed to have you in my life and to have met you. Congratulations on your retirement. You will, without a doubt, be missed here.”

Erin Crowe, marketing communications manager, CP

Vogelisms

John coined a lot of terms throughout the years. These became affectionately known as “Vogelisms”. Here are a few of our favorites:

“Let’s not rearrange chairs on the Titanic.”

“Is this okay?”

“Let’s focus on blocking and tackling.”

“Skid in on a banana peel.”