Next stop on our Team Intro is Andy, our UK Rep –
My role? To travel the UK looking after existing Kirk & Kirk customers and to find wonderful new stores to work with. I also carry and find customers for the producers and suppliers connected with Kirk & Kirk Distribution.
What is your favourite thing about the eyewear industry? – Working with unique, individual designers, producers and suppliers to bring the best optical frames and suppliers to the UK market. To see the faces of patients who find our products, and the realization that they can wear something special and be a bit different, that’s absolutely priceless.
Favourite thing(s) to do outside of work? – My favourite thing outside work – apart from my family – without a doubt, is SCUBA diving. I am an Advanced Diver, I am also an Open Water Instructor and have qualifications in Boat Handling, Radio Operating and Diver Rescue. I dive whenever I can, mainly in the UK and usually log about 50 dives a year.
An interesting fact or anecdote about yourself – I started working in optics in Eastern Europe during communist times, in the mid 1980’s. I traveled extensively, visiting opticians in Siberia, the Baltic States, the Balkans, Poland, Ukraine and even Uzbekistan. I was involved in the establishment of a glass lens production facility in Belarus and an acetate frame production facility in Bulgaria. I even attended an official dinner within the Kremlin during Mr Gorbachov’s time as President of the U.S.S.R!