As national sales manager for Welch Allyn, John Moran cultivated strong, lasting and productive relationships with distributors around the country, using a combination of humor, strong listening skills and a genuine desire to find solutions to benefit both his company and the distributor. A Vietnam veteran, Moran lived a life of service to others. What’s more, his word was as good as gold, according to those who knew him. And his voice mail messages were legendary.A Chicago native and 1968 graduate of Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio, Moran joined Welch Allyn as the company’s seventh salesman in 1974, reporting to sales leader George Blowers. He became manager of Welch Allyn’s newly created Midwest region and several years later, was asked to move to the company’s headquarters in Skaneateles Falls, N.Y., to manage the Northeast region. He became national sales manager and then vice president of sales. In September 2005, he was named vice president of channel relations and in January 2009, was named vice president of corporate distribution.