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Coworkers join Maggie Nglau in celebrating retirement

On the evening of June 20, 2018, Purolite employees gathered at Delmonico's steakhouse in Philadelphia to celebrate Maggie Nglau and her 19 years of service to Purolite.

Maggie joined Purolite's Bala Cynwyd headquarters team in 1999 as the Senior Accountant. She officially retires as the company's Accounting Manager on June 22, 2018.

When talking about her work, Maggie notes, "There were many challenges when the company was young and growing fast, and there are always challenges in finance. As a team, we've always worked hard. I always did my best work, and it has been a lot of fun."

On a personal level, she says, "It's been my whole life and it was also nice to see your faces every day. I spent more time with all of you than with my family sometimes. I am so appreciative of everyone." She then added, "The people here are so nice and so easy to get along with. I'll miss everyone very much."

During the dinner, Jacob Brodie, Vice President of Purolite, thanked Maggie for all that she has done to strengthen the company, noting that Maggie has always been a strong contributor and never hesitated to go the extra step.

Michael Guerra, Purolite's Director of Finance said that he enjoyed working with Maggie very much then added, "A quote that reminds me of Maggie is, 'True character comes out in times of adversity.' We have some challenging times in Finance, and Maggie's true character was working through these times in a calm and serene fashion. She will be missed."

Linda East presented Maggie with a beautiful orchid to take with her as Maggie's office at Purolite always had orchids and other plants on the windowsill. Additionally, Linda also passed on a card filled with well wishes and a monetary collection so that she can start filling her days with everything she enjoys best.

When asked what she will do upon retirement, Maggie says that she wants to relax and spend time with her family…especially her grandchildren—as well as her friends. Then, possibly she will volunteer.

Andrea Bartus of Purolite's marketing team says, "I'm going to miss Maggie every day. From her fantastic lipstick and great fashion sense—to her laughter, wonderful life stories, and the Chinese tea and treats that she shared—office life won't be the same."

Gayle Reese leaves Maggie with a message that echoes how the Purolite family feels. "For your dedication and hard work, you deserve the best retirement ever! Enjoy this new journey in your life. Cherish every moment and have lots of fun."