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      After 40 yrs and 4 months in the auto industry... I have decided to retire. I was 27 when I started... and I could not begin to name all the people I have met on this journey.
      To my OSD customers.. I say THANK YOU for allowing me to handle your order and assist you with your travels. It was fun 👍
      To my Swedespeed friends ... you have been a great source of exchanging of ideas and info about a wide variety of topics. Thank you to each of you.
      To the Swedespeed staff... thank you for allowing me to sponsor the OSD forum... and to Yannis for recommending me. 😎
      I spent 16 yrs here.... met some amazing on line friends and arranged your OSD’s.
      Many of you I have never met in person... but I feel like I know you and consider you each as a friend.
      As for what is next???? My wife has made a 2 page list of “projects” ... so I am sure I will stay busy 😛
      May God bless each of you and remember... Volvo For Life
      Bob Kennedy
      University Volvo OSD Mgr
      Charlotte NC
      VOLVO FOR LIFE
      http://www.universityvolvo.com/volvo...as-program.htm

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      Wow Bob! 40 yrs is a great achievement! Congratulations and wish you a very fun filled and healthy retirement life. Thanks for all the help. Stay safe and take care!


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      Quote Originally Posted by universityvolvoOSD View Post
      After 40 yrs and 4 months in the auto industry... I have decided to retire. I was 27 when I started... and I could not begin to name all the people I have met on this journey.
      To my OSD customers.. I say THANK YOU for allowing me to handle your order and assist you with your travels. It was fun 👍
      To my Swedespeed friends ... you have been a great source of exchanging of ideas and info about a wide variety of topics. Thank you to each of you.
      To the Swedespeed staff... thank you for allowing me to sponsor the OSD forum... and to Yannis for recommending me. 😎
      I spent 16 yrs here.... met some amazing on line friends and arranged your OSD’s.
      .. Volvo For Life
      Oh Noooo! Sad for all future OSD'rs. Thank you for all that you did for us over all these years. OSD would not be what it is without your promotion and great assistance. Congratulations on the many years of Volvo service. You will be missed. Good luck on your future adventures. Live healthy and long.

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      Bob - Thank you.
      Your help during my purchase was critical - covid, change of travel bureau - you made it all very easy.

      Do not be a stranger, let us know where you end up.

      Maybe we should do a Volvo OSD meet once you know where you landed ?

      All the best, enjoy your retirement - you earned it !

      /kleks
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      2020 XC60 T8 Polestarred Orca - Arctic white/black/black. Did I miss any option ?
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      Honda V70 Magna, Yamaha FJ1200, Honda CBR 1100XX x 2, Honda CBR 900RR, BMW R1200GS, BMW R1200GSA... you need acceleration ? get two wheels.
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      Congrats on the many years of success. Thanks for being one of the good guys out there. Happy motoring in retirement!
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      Bob, you will most certainly be missed. You are one of those guys who give car salesmen a GOOD name.
      2016 XC60 T5 FWD OSD (May 2016), 6 countries, 2500km

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      Congratulations and enjoy your retirement.......it's very well deserved!
      2012 S60 T5 (OSD 4/2012) Ember Black/Offblack l Premium,Multimedia,Climate,Dynamic l BLIS/PCC/ABL/F&R Park Assist/Sport Pedals/Chrome Endpipes

      2016 XC90 T6 (OSD 5/2016) Crystal White Pearl/Amber/Black l Momentum Plus,Vision,Convenience l 20" Alloy wheels/Wood steering wheel/Child booster seat/Black headliner/PA II

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      Bob - thanks for the memories. You made our last OSD trip truly exceptional. It was an honor to meet you when we picked up our car in Charlotte. It is extremely rare to encounter someone who has so much passion about something, in this case Volvos. You have helped hundreds and hundreds on this forum with your knowledge, your experiences and your advice. I hope you will check in from time to time just to say hi. Give Zep a biscuit and don't let Mrs. Kennedy wear you out with that to-do list!
      The current: 2019 XC40 T5 AWD Inscription/Crystal White/Blonde - Adv, Conv, Vision, Heated Wheel & Front Seats, 19" wheels
      2018 XC60, OSD T5 AWD Inscription/Denim Blue/Blonde - Adv, Conv, Vision, Heated Wheel & F/R seats.



      The old: 2001 S60 - totaled, 2003 XC90, 2004 S80, 2005 TSX, 2006 S60, 2009 V70, 2010 S80 - totaled, 2012 C30 T5 OSD-sold but kept it in the family, 2012 XC60 Caspian Blue/Beige, 2015 Hyundai Genesis.

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      Congrats Bob! You have been a great resource to all of us who love Volvo. Have a great retirement. You deserve it!
      2020 XC40 R Design T5 Polestar, bursting blue, July 2019
      2015 V60 T5, crystal pearl, platinum/tech/BLIS, July 2015
      2012 XC60 R Design, electric silver, off-black, platinum/climate/tech/BLIS, OSD in Nov 2011
      2004 XC90 2.5T, silver, OSD in Oct 2003

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      Well earned; enjoy retirement!!!

      Thanks to you, our OSD experience was virtually perfect. The hiccups we encountered, you solved. Can't ask for more than that. Still have our XC60 and continue to be very happy with it.

      God speed, and happy travels (wherever your Volvo takes you).
      2015.5 XC70 T6 Platinum Caspian Blue Metallic/Off Black, Heico Sport Suspension, IPD swaybar, Ferrita/TME Exhaust, Polestar #1640
      2014 XC60 R-Design Passion Red/Off Black, OSD, Savini BM7, Eibach Lowering Springs, IPD swaybar, Koni FSD, Polestar #1563
      2006 V70R 6M ElecSilver/Nordkap, 18" Pegs, Bell FMIC
      2004 S60R 6M TiGrey/Nordkap, 18" Ti Pegs, Bell FMIC, IPD Stage II, TME Exhaust, Eibachs, Quaife LSD

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      Congratulations, Bob! Wishing you best for you, your health, and family. I have been able go on many OSDs vicariously through many with your guidance. You have been a enduring inspiration.


      All the best from Minnesota USA,
      A fine MY16 XC90 T8
      2016 XC90 T8 Inscription | US 10/2015 Build| Crystal White | Blonde | Blonde | B&W | Air | HUD | Convenience Vision Climate | PAII + Mitigation Upgrades | Xpel + Gtechniq Ceramic | 3M Crystalline 50% Tint, 97% UV Rejection, 60% Solar Heat Rejection | 20" A/S & 22" Summer | Tow | Last TSU installed 02 Jul. 2020 | 46K miles | MPG 31.8 Lifetime including transcontinental trips, regional trips and towing

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      I wish you the very best and I hope that you enjoy retirement as much as I do. I actually found out about your retirement not from this formI’m, but because last week I called University Volvo looking for you. My trip to Sweden was flawless and I wanted to go through you and university Volvo to do it again. That’s when I found out you were no longer working. ☹️ Good for you, bad for your customers! Congratulations on your retirement

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      Bob....best wishes for your retirement. While we never did get to do an OSD deal with you, I feel fortunate to correspond with you and meet you on several occasions during business trips to Charlotte.
      Enjoy! Remember...everything on the retirement/spouse "to do list" has the word "optional" immediately following! ;-). Rick Talbot
      '15.5 Volvo V60 XC Platinum CPO
      '15 MINI Roadster S
      (Former: 1980 245 DL 4 speed OD; 2005 V50 T5 AWD GT
      OSD June 2005)

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