Published: 29 Jul 2015

Career turns full circle for loyal Ray

One of the longest serving managers at Jennings Motor Group has received a fourth award for his continuous loyalty to the company.

General manager, Ray Riaz, who works at the group’s Ford dealership based on Yarm Road in Stockton, has been rewarded after achieving 30 years’ loyal service to the company in a career that has turned full circle.

The group’s managing director, Nas Khan, presented Ray with his loyalty certificate and vouchers at the Stockton dealership.

Nas said; “Ray is one of our longest serving members of the management team and it was an absolute pleasure presenting him with his vouchers and loyalty certificate.  I would like to take this opportunity to once again, thank him for his continuous dedication and hard work.”

Ray’s employment with Jennings Motor Group started in 1985 when he was appointed as a sales executive at the Stockton branch.

Over the years, he has gained valuable experience and knowledge working at various dealerships across the region, including the group’s former Stockport and Morpeth branches, in addition to receiving a number of promotions and working his way up the ranks from sales executive to sales controller and sales manager.

It was in 1995 when the group acquired the Ford Direct dealership in South Shields, when Ray received his third promotion and transferred to take over as general manager, the same position he holds today.

In 2001 a transfer to Teesside was on the cards when the group’s first supersite was constructed on Cargo Flee Lane in Middlesbrough and Ray was chosen to head up the new Ford dealership.

After seven years at the Middlesbrough supersite, Ray transferred back to the group’s Stockton branch, where his career first started.

Ray, said; “I was delighted to move back to the original dealership in Stockton where my career with the company began.

“Being rewarded for loyal service is a great incentive for staff.”

Ray is one of 27 members of staff across the Jennings Motor Group who is being rewarded for a combined 565 years’ loyal service throughout 2015.  Staff receive loyalty vouchers after accruing 15 years’ service, then they are presented after every five years.

The Jennings Ford dealership sells the entire Ford model line-up, including the Ford Ka, Fiesta, Fiesta ST, Focus, Focus ST, Mondeo, B-MAX, S-MAX, Kuga, Galaxy, EcoSport, in addition to the all-new C-MAX and Grand C-MAX.

Customers can also take advantage of an MOT, service an accident repair centre and a parts department on site at Stockton.

For more information about the range of products and services available at Jennings Ford in Stockton, call into the Yarm Road branch, contact 01642 632200

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