BILL BOWDEN, vice president of sales at Iscar Tools Canada, has
retired after a 33-year career with the cutting tool manufacturer.
Ronnie O’Byrne, general manager at Iscar Tools Canada,
describes him as “his right hand man” who worked his way up
through the company. He worked as a sales representative and
regional sales manager before becoming vice president of sales.
Bowden’s career with Iscar began in 1983.
Iscar’s Bill Bowden retires after 33-year career
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“When I started, Iscar was 14th in the world
in terms of size of cutting tool manufacturers and
all we had in Canada were parting off tools and
brazed tools. When I first started, people couldn’t
even pronounce the name Iscar,” recalls Bowden.
He says his greatest accomplishment at Iscar
has been building a strong sales force, many who
have been with the company more than 17 years.
“My father used to say surround yourself with
good people and things become easier and that’s
what Ronnie and I have done at Iscar. We’ve had
a great relationship because we think the same
way and we have different strengths. Ronnie has
been actively involved in running the company
and I’ve always been more comfortable with the
sales team helping to support them.”
A long time hockey coach for minor league
hockey, Bowden says he now will have more time
to devote to a long time passion of coaching
youth in hockey. Indeed, for the past seven years
he’s been coaching his grandson’s Whitby minor
“I’m planning a few trips with my wife, but right
now it’s hockey season so travel will have to wait.
I also plan to spend more time with my grandkids.
I have nine of them, two who live in California and
the rest up here.”
And while he’s fully retired, he expects to
hear from “his extended family” at Iscar as
the company has made it a practice to invite
long-time retired employees to special events.
From left: Joe Leighton, marketing manager; Ronnie O'Byrne,
general manager of Iscar Tools in Canada; Bill Bowden, and
Daniel Durand, regional manager for Quebec.