Lets hear it for John Stephen (pictured left) who today announced his retirement, age 59, from Jones Lang LaSalle after 36 years, the past six as chairman of JLL's English business.
John says he got the job after EG published a leader in February 2004 likening the firm to a once glorious and (then) struggling Manchester United.
JLL was indeed struggling a bit against the mighty CBRE (likened to Arsenal) and Cushman & Wakefield (compared with a resurgent Chelsea).
So the loyal, likeable and gentlemanly team player got the job of persuading clients that JLL was a class team. In that he succeeded and JLL, like Manchester United, plays on with reputation restored.
Stephen will be playing on with F&C, Max Properties, Evans Properties and the Portman Estate. But as one of the more literary members of the agency community he will no doubt find more time for reading. For those with similar tastes you might like to know what John was reading on holiday in Namibia last week.
The book is called The Leopard by Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa. It is all about a man who helped bring together the warring states that today form modern Italy. No further comment required really.