I was recently awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award by the British Sports Industry. They said it was for unrivalled dedication, passion and commitment to the UK and global sports industry. What an honour! In my acceptance speech I told the audience that I was slightly confused as I felt that after 40 years in the trade I was only just beginning. Kind of like: “You ain’t seen nothing yet!”

Let’s hope so for the wonderful people in HI-TEC and MAGNUM – I must honour them for getting me this award since they do all the work day in, day out and over 40 years I have given stewardship to some great guys and girls. Lots of British and Irish customers were present and they too deserve my big thanks. Some have been buying from us since the first years and can only be described as ‘most loyal.’

Steve Jobs, co-founder of Apple, once said: “Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” I knew from the start that I wanted to produce honest products at honest prices which would serve my consumer’s hard earned cash very well. I had the courage to stick to this philosophy. Nowadays we deliver Hi-Tec products to 86 countries (last count) but are still happy to serve small orders from independent retailers all over the world.

At the same time we supply our MAGNUM products to countless military forces, police departments, emergency service teams, prison supervisors, health workers and blue collar work forces.

Thank you all for putting your faith in our team. We have recently celebrated our 40th anniversary with a big party (we all like parties here at HQ). In doing so we stay true to one of our four company principles: FUN. The other three are: PROUD, HUNGRY and HONEST. These four are the pillars of all we do.

We want to be transparent in all we do. If you do not like anything we do, you can email me directly at This email address is also printed in every shoebox we send out. I know that the consumer of 2013 is extremely knowledgeable and knows exactly what he or she need and expects from our products. What consumers tell me will be incorporated in our future offering – I guarantee you this. I want us to create a product with actual and relevant added value.

Thank you for making it all possible. I LOVE MY JOB!

Frank van Wezel
Chairman Hi-Tec Sports International Holdings B.V.