Ex-army man’s new role is perfect opportunity

Posted on 20 Jan 2010

The road really did lead back to Jennings Ford for an ambitious and dedicated man from Sunderland.

36-year-old, Richard White has been appointed as business manager at Jennings Ford’s Riverside Road dealership, just off Wessington Way.

Richard is no stranger to the products or the people at JenningsFord, having worked for the company in the past. It was also the place where he met his wife, Joanne.

Richard’s career in the motor industry started in 2001 when he was appointed as a sales executive at Jennings Ford’s former branch in Washington. Three years later in 2004, Richard was promoted to deputy business manager and within a couple of years, following the successful completion of a number of relevant training courses, he became a fully fledged business manager.

When an opportunity arose to move to another dealership in the area, Richard thought it was an opportunity to broaden his product knowledge and experience, but within a couple of years he has returned to work for Jennings Ford.

Richard said; “At the time when I left, I thought it was the right decision for me, but it just goes to prove that the grass isn’t always greener on the other side and I am delighted to have been given another opportunity at Jennings and to be back amongst friends, is great.”

Richard added: “The previous years I spent at Jennings also marks a significant period in my life as it was the place where I met my wife Joanne.”

On Saturday 2nd June 2007, three years after buying a Ford Ka from Richard, Joanne (nee Bowman), who runs Whites Hair Salon in Shiney Row, ended up as his wife when the couple tied the knot at a ceremony which took place at Washington Old Hall.

Richard’s role as business manager at Jennings Ford involves working closely with sales manager, Paul Beadling and sales controller, Janet Gray with the day-to-day running of the dealership, in addition to being responsible for all aspects of finance and liaising with both existing and potential customers.

Paul Beadling, sales manager at Jennings Ford in Sunderland, said; “We are delighted to welcome Richard on board again. He is a valuable asset to the team.”

Prior to joining JenningsFord, Richard worked in the construction industry as a JCB mechanic and driver and, prior to that, spent seven years as a Royal Engineer in the Army.

For more information about the range of products and services available at Jennings Ford, customers can call into the Riverside Road dealership or contact 0191 5491111.

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