Coking to retire

Coking to retire


After some 49 years working in the Recruitment Advertising industry, Ray Coking is to retire in June this year.

Kevin Turner writes:

“I have had the pleasure of knowing Ray from the day he joined the industry back in 1968. His first role was as a voucher clerk at an agency, no longer around, called G Street & Co. Back then we had to send proof of insertion with the invoice to our clients. The media choice was vast and I’m sure this was the start of Ray’s love affair with media selection and negotiation. There are probably only a few old lags that would remember the voucher department. Danny Cannon where are you?

The reason I know? Ray took my job and I was promoted into account management.

Ray worked at a number of leading agencies in his long and illustrious career and I have worked with him at many of them too. Maybe I’ll publish a story on Cokingisms!  One thing is for sure, there’s never a dull moment in Ray’s day.

His agency list is like a who’s who of the great and the good. Some of them have been acquired and the name now redundant: Mathers & Bensons, Moxon Dolphin & Kirby (now TMP Worldwide) Royds (McCanns), Benton & Bowles (now part of Publicis), Bernard Hodes (Hodes), Riley (now Havas People) Tribal and Penna.

Not a bad CV to have.

Ray of course has an amazing reputation with the media and is probably the first name on every function invite list. To say he is a party animal is an understatement.

But his work for his agency and with the media has, in my view, always been hard but fair. He has always tried to get the best deal and endeavour to keep the title happy too.

I’m sure Penna will throw a party to say farewell and no doubt the media will also send him off, one way or the other.

Ray, your experience is unquestionable, your energy always at the highest level, and your enthusiasm infectious.

You really have been a one off.

So time to relax, spend more time with your family and your estates around the country.

I thank you for all the fun we had together and I’m sure many others will want to wish you happy retirement."

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

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Lyn oakford Date: Apr 22, 2017

Happy retirement Ray

Mike Jefferies Date: Apr 24, 2017

Have a great retirement Ray. Lots of good words to say, but wouldn't want them going over your head. See you outside a bar sometime soon.

Katherine Dodge Date: Apr 24, 2017

You are indeed an industry legend Ray and I'm proud to remember working with you. Enjoy!

Jon Dilling Date: Apr 24, 2017

Good luck with your retirement Ray. We had some memorable times working (and drinking) together. Hope to catch up again soon.

Rebecca Nunn Date: Apr 25, 2017

I never thought I'd see the day! Enjoy your well-deserved retirement Mr. C. x

cathy burns Date: Apr 26, 2017

Congratulations Ray, it's given us a good living and lots of fun. Enjoy the next chapter!

Alasdair Murray Date: Apr 28, 2017

Enjoy your retirement Ray. From me and Trish - met at a media do and still together after 27 years!

fiona berry Date: May 2, 2017

Raymundo. My hero. You're such a huge part of the industry, it will not be the same without you. Take a bow my friend, you thoroughly deserve to put your feet up. As if I had forgotten, you ever had a moustache?! See you soon for a celebratory beverage x

dave lawrence Date: May 3, 2017

Retiring Coking, whats going on surely it cant be true! Ray all the very best for the future and it has been a real pleasure to call you a friend and to have negotiated, no - been told by you what you want!! No more Arsenal banter, inappropriate jokes, filthy laugh but the tales we know will stay with me forever you old dog! CIPD in Harrogate with a suitcase bigger than you which never got opened (remember Kevin!), fantastic times. I'm proud to have worked with you and lucky to call you a mate. All the best Raymondo

Sharron Fowler Date: May 9, 2017

Nice work Ray - we're gonna miss you! Time to kick back in the garden and tickle your roses... :) x

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