ORLANDO, Fla. – Known in 1920 as the Thermal Appliance Company, Taco kicked off its 100 year celebration with a press conference on Monday morning. The event was packed full of people and announcements. After a brief introduction, John Hazen-White, dressed in a royal blue suit, with a custom motorcycle sitting behind him, took the stage. The owner of Taco thanked his family and those that had contributed to the success of the company.
“It is our hundredth anniversary and I think that's an incredible achievement, and something to celebrate,” said White. “And not just because its 100 years, even though that's a big thing. There aren’t many hundred year old companies, but in the same family, with the same ownership for 100 years, that is highly unusual.”
Cheryl Merchant, president of Global Operations, Taco, not only gave a brief greeting to those in attendance, but later presented a commemorative ring to White on behalf of the company. It was an anniversary present to honor the 100 years of dedication to the company.
“This gentleman as you've heard already this morning is constantly recognizing individuals, sharing his love, and talking about how precious time is,” said Merchant. “It seems only fitting in this 100 year celebration Johnny that your team recognizes you. And I would like to present you this Taco ring.”
With a hug and a brief moment of what looked like tears, White accepted the gift. He tried it on and held it out for all to see.
Announced during the press conference, the Dan Holohan and Lifetime Achievement award was presented to John Barber of Taco. He was given this award in recognition to his service to Taco’s training department. Described as one of the best trainers in the U.S., Barber was given the award and later stood with Dan Holohan for photos.