Hassan at the first IAMERS European
meeting in Dusseldorf in 2005
courtesy of Diana Upton

Hassan El Azzazi in Memoriam

June 12, 2019
by Philip F. Jacobus, CEO
Hassan El Azzazi was one of the very first European independent dealers. He can trace his lineage back to Dr. Michael Friebe, who in my opinion, was the pioneer of all pioneers in the independent equipment, service & parts business.

Hassan was always fun to be with, full of energy and a real gentleman.

He was close friends with Diana Upton, the president of IAMERS who also worked for Dr. Friebe around the same time as Hassan. Actually, it was Diana who let me know about Hassan's passing.

She sent me a text when she learned about Hassan and I asked her if she would write down some of her thoughts and memories, which she has done below:

I was touched by Diana's words and wanted to share them. If you knew Hassan and have your own fond memories of time spent with him, I would love to hear about them.