Horacio Paludi has been working at Industrias Metalurgicas Cestari for 25 years. He has been in charge of the company’s Purchasing Department for 18 years and works with our suppliers. «Cestari is my family, literally it’s my family», says Horacio and adds with confidence and humour: «I’m a family man and I must have been trusted and given some compassion». Do you have any outstanding anecdotes of your time in the company? -I have many stories but this one is my favourite. It was back in 1997, the President was Menem, we were at the Rural de Palermo with my friend Negrini (It is important to tell you that Anibal Negrini was a historical employee of Cestari, who everyone knew as «Negri», or simply Negrini. He will always be in the memory of all who had the honour of working with him), It was the main parade of all exhibitors in the center arena of the country show. Negrini drove the tractor, and the auger wagon behind was loaded with caps with our logo as we went around the arena and we threw caps into the crowd much to the joy of the spectators. We went at a walking pace and everyone was asking us for caps. Suddenly, a security guard came up to us and told us not to stop when we passed the official box where all the government officials were including the President. Negrini looked at me because we had in fact planned to stop. But the security guy was keeping an eye on us and walking beside the tractor. When we passed by the official box there was Menem and Negrini smiled and although he didn’t actually stop he slowed down to a snail’s pace and that was practically the same. I quickly threw one of Cestari’s caps to President, he grabbed it and put it on. I wanted to die, apart from the ovation of the people, applause, laughter, the President himself smiled and greeted us. Security made us move the auger wagons and almost killed us, but we had achieved the goal. Everyone phoned us to tell us that they had seen the President wearing a Cestari’s cap on television. This is an unforgettable story for me, not only because of the situation but also because of my partner, Negrini. He was a very happy person with a very positive outlook to everything, he could find a solution where no one else could. He was an excellent colleague and we shall always remember him. With regard to the passing of the years in the company, Paludi analyses: «In recent years the company has received an injection of young people, who continue to grow. Not to mention the 4th generation of Cestari. I believe that the good fortune that Néstor Cestari had that his children have dedicated themselves to the company in the way they have, with great responsibility , is of great benefit to the company». Horacio Paludi wears the Cestari colours and represents the factory wherever he goes. His view of the future is very hopeful: «I see everything as very positive. I see a very solid future for the company . Of course, one can never really tell what may happen here in Argentina, but Cestari always takes the steps it can, it is very solid, very well equipped, and has invested a lot in machinery». «I believe that the new Cestari generation will make it stronger and make it grow even more,» he says and closes with emotion: «I am very happy to have spent so many years in this company.