Career change steers family man from catering to car sales

Posted on 26 May 2016

A complete career change has steered a Stockton man on the road to sales success at Jennings Ford, part of the multi-award winning Jennings Motor Group.

Mike Smith, 36, from Ingleby Barwick, has exchanged his chef hat and apron for a shirt and tie after joining the sales team at Jennings Ford’s Yarm Road dealership in Stockton.

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Since leaving school, Mike has always worked in the catering industry.  Initially, starting out as a commis chef and later becoming a professional cook.  Over the years, Mike has worked for many prestigious restaurants, including Carluccio’s and Joe Rigatonis, as well as working as a chef at Manchester United Football Club, prior to being appointed with Jennings Motor Group.

Mike said; “Commuting to and from Manchester became too much when my daughter Phoebe was born, so I decided to look for something nearer to home and I also felt it was an opportunity to change my career.”

Working as part of a 12-strong sales team, Mike’s new role as sales executive will see him being responsible for selling the new Ford model line-up and contributing towards monthly and quarterly sales objectives set out by Ford Motor Company, in addition to liaising with existing and potential customers, delivering cars to customers and providing the highest level of customer service.

Mike added; “I am enjoying learning about the Ford product range, in particular the all-new Ford Edge model, which is due to be launched next month.”

Welcoming Mike on board, general manager, Ray Riaz, who also worked as a chef before embarking on a career with the company 31 years ago, said; “Mike’s appointment further strengthens the sales team at Stockton.  He has an excellent rapport with customers and will contribute towards securing additional new and used car sales at the dealership.”

The Jennings Ford dealership in Stockton sells the entire Ford model line-up, with everything including the Ka, Fiesta, Fiesta ST, Focus, Focus ST, Mondeo, C-MAX, Grand C-MAX, B-MAX, S-MAX, Galaxy, Kuga, EcoSport and the all-new Ford Edge model, on display and available to test drive.

Customers can also take advantage of a range of quality used cars, a Motability service for those eligible to lease a vehicle through the Motability programme and a service, MOT, accident repair centre and parts department.

For more information about the range of products and services available at Jennings Ford, call in to the Yarm Road branch, contact 0333 414 9750.

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