Published: 01 Mar 2007
The latest recruit at Jennings Ford in Middlesbrough is no stranger to the brand, having assisted with the launch of a particular member of the Ford family back in 1969.
Tracy Tobin, 46, from Darlington, claims to have many feathers in her cap, the most significant, however, took place more than four decades ago when she assisted with the launch of Ford’s Capri and was crowned ‘Miss Capri’ for the North East region.
“At the time of the launch of the Ford Capri, my father worked for a motor dealer in Middlesbrough. They were looking for a representative within the North East, to help launch the new model,” said Tracy.
She added; “It was great fun, I’ve still got all the photographs and press cuttings.”
After spending eight years working in the fashion industry as a manager for Windsmoor, Tracy decided it was time to put the textiles aside and follow in her father’s footsteps.
“My father, Bruce Shiels, spent 42 years working in the motor industry and prior to his retirement, worked at Jennings Ford’s Stockton and Middlesbrough dealerships for a number of years. He was always keen for me to embark on a career within the motor trade.”
She added; “I’ve always had a passion for motors and I’ll never forget the look on his face when I told him I had been offered a job as motability specialist at Jennings Ford’s branch in Middlesbrough.”
Based at the Group’s Cargo Fleet Lane dealership, Tracy’s new role involves advising and assisting motability customers about the various options available.
Customers who are eligible for a vehicle through the motability scheme can take their pick from a range of vehicles, including the Ford Ka, Fiesta, Fusion, Focus and Galaxy.
Tracy added: “Obviously, it’s a big difference from fashion, but so far, so good. The main aspect of my job is liaising with existing and potential customers, which is great because it means I get to meet different people from a variety of backgrounds.”
“I don’t have any regrets about changing my career, I only wish I’d done it years ago!”
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