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Phil Welch, SVP Finance and CFO to Retire from S.P. Richards Company

Wednesday, January 17, 2018  
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Phil Welsch
Senior Vice President and CFO
S.P. Richards Company


Phil Welch, SVP of Finance and CFO, will retire from SPR at the end of January after 32 years of service and exceptional leadership. Although soft-spoken, Phil always offers thoughtful and insightful comments that are relevant to our business.


Phil continually reminds all of us that our jobs are about people and relationships. He worked closely with a variety of key customers over the years, offering his skills as a pro bono financial consultant, enabling them to turn around their businesses and in many cases, saved the businesses from going under. 


No one at SPR works harder or puts in more hours than Phil, but he makes time for other passions as well. He is a huge Georgia Bulldog fan, tailgating at every home game and traveling to many others. He is also a muscle car enthusiast, owning several restored Oldsmobile 442s that he cherishes almost as much as he cherishes his wife and daughters. As an enthusiastic rock & roll guitar player, Phil lobbied for years to be part of the ABC entertainment lineup with an all-SPR band. Now, with more time to practice, who knows? 

Phil's dedicated commitment to accounting excellence, to our customers and to our employees will not easily be replaced. All of us here at SPR wish him the best.


Doug Sawyer, who has been with SPR for three years as VP and Controller, will replace Phil as SVP of Finance and CFO. Doug is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and he is both a strategic and an innovative leader. We are fortunate to have Doug ready to step forward into these expanded responsibilities. - (S.P. Richards Company)


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