Published: 17 Jan 2018

Stephen takes control at new Jennings Kia Sunderland dealership

Jennings Motor Group has appointed a sales controller/compliance manager at its new Kia dealership in Sunderland.

Stephen Robson, 52, from North Shields, brings more than 32 years’ experience in the motor industry, after working in the trade since the age of 20.

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As sales controller/compliance manager at Jennings Kia, Stephen will assist the dealership’s general sales manager, James Chorlton, with the day-to-day running of the dealership, in addition to also being responsible for contributing towards achieving monthly and quarterly sales objectives, advising customers regarding all aspects of finance, as well as tailoring finance packages to meet individual needs and requirements, and ensuring the highest level of customer care is delivered by members of the sales team.

After successfully achieving his GCE qualifications at Whitley Bay High School, Stephen’s initial dream job was to become a chef, but after qualifying at a catering college in North Tyneside, he decided to steer towards a career in motors instead.

Stephen said; “I’ve always messed about with cars and been interested in motorsport, and one day I decided that cooking just wasn’t for me. 

“I often wonder where a career in catering would’ve taken me, but then I think about the fantastic opportunities I’ve been given over the years in the motor trade, and I just know it was the right decision for me.”

Over the years Stephen has gained valuable experience and knowledge working in a variety of roles for a number of motor dealers across the region, in addition to running his own automotive business for 10 years.

His first taste of the motor industry was as a valeter, but it was when he transferred to work in new and used car sales when his career really took off.  His first promotion was to senior sales executive, prior to also taking on the roles of general sales manager and used car sales manager throughout his career.

Welcoming Stephen on board, general sales manager, James Chorlton, said; “Stephen has more than three decades of experience and knowledge that he can bring to the role, and already he is proving to be an asset to the sales team at Sunderland.”

Jennings Kia operates three dealerships at Sunderland, Washington and Stockton where the entire range of new Kia models are on display and available to test drive.  Customers can also take advantage of a wide range of quality used cars, a Motability service, as well as a number of aftersales facilities, including service, MOT, and genuine Kia parts.   

For more information about the range of products and services available at Jennings Kia, call into the Stadium Way showroom, contact 0333 414 9750. 


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