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November 29, 2010updated 12 Apr 2017 4:18pm

Letter to the editor

First of all I want to thank you most sincerely for your support at the awards evening in Milan. Receiving an award was very special to me, particularly as it had never crossed my mind that a Lifetime Achievement Award was on the agenda this year I must be getting old as I never picked up any of the vibes and I have always prided myself that it is one of my skills set.

By Verdict Staff

Photograph of the crowd at the Leasing Life Asset Finance Awards giving him a standing ovation as he collects his awardFirst of all I want to thank you most sincerely for your support at the awards evening in Milan.

Receiving an award was very special to me, particularly as it had never crossed my mind that a Lifetime Achievement Award was on the agenda this year. I must be getting old as I never picked up any of the vibes and I have always prided myself that it is one of my skills set.

The purpose of this note is not only to thank you, Bill [Elliott, Leasing Life chairman], Andy [Denton, CHP Consulting COO] and the whole of the CHP team, but also to say that as my mind went blank with the shock on the night I now know that I should have resisted mumbling on about the industry and spoken more about the many friends in the room and my thanks to them.

To turn back towards the audience after being given the Award and face a room full of 200 people all standing and applauding was something I will never forget.

I will also never forget the old Boy Scout adage of Be Prepared! When it came to the crunch the emotion and adrenaline kicked in and with that cocktail the mind and voice just disappear, so with hindsight I realise that improvised preparation just doesn’t work.

My purpose of writing is to ask if you would pass my heartfelt thanks on to all of those kind folks who attended the dinner and also those who joined in the magnificent Awards celebrations organised by Andy and the CHP team at the Bulgari Hotel, where I lasted until around 2.30am. Not normal after fifty years in the business; I am usually much earlier than that, accompanied by a nice cup of cocoa.

Kindest Regards, Derek Soper

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