Wheel turns full circle for Ray

Posted on 02 Jul 2009

A dedicated and loyal manager at Jennings Ford has transferred to take over the reins at the same dealership where his career started 22 years ago.

General manager, Ray Riaz, 49, from Ingleby Barwick, has transferred to the group’s Yarm Road dealership in Stockton, having spent the last nine years heading the Ford branch within the Cargo Fleet Lane supersite in Middlesbrough.

The world of motors started for Ray in 1987, when he was appointed as a sales executive at the Yarm Road branch in Stockton.

Following a promotion to sales controller, Ray spent nine months at the group’s former dealership based in Stockport, prior to moving back to the North East and transferring to the group’s former branch in Morpeth. Whilst working at the Morpeth branch, Ray received a second promotion to sales manager.

After five years, another promotion and transfer was on the cards for Ray and he moved to take on the new role of general manager at the group’s former Washington branch where he spent another five years.

When Jennings acquired the Newcastle Road dealership in 1995, Ray transferred to South Shields to oversee the branch as general manager.

In 2001, when the group’s first supersite was built on Cargo Fleet Lane in Middlesbrough, Ray transferred from South Shields to head up the Ford operation in Teesside.

That was until his recent transfer to the Yarm Road dealership in Stockton where he is currently general manager and where it all began for Ray.

“I’ve worked at various dealerships across the region, but it’s nice to be back where my career in motors started all those years ago,” said Ray.

He added; “Over the years, I have witnessed many changes not only within the industry with regards to legislation and product range, but also with the advances of technology. In the early days everything was done manually, nowadays it’s all done at the simple touch of a button.”

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

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