10 Questions For Mark Thomas, National Field Sales Manager
When did you join ADESA UK and explain your role?
I joined in February 2016. As National Field Sales Manager, my role is to look after a team of six regional manager’s whose task is to develop and grow both our Buyer and Vendor base.
What was your first job in the automotive sector?
Like most people in the automotive industry, my first job was a trainee salesman, although a lot of time was spent taxing cars at the post office and collecting cars from auction.
What are the most satisfying aspects of your job?
Seeing a new dealer become a regular buyer of ADESA by building a good relationship and offering a great service.
How important is it to deliver services with cutting-edge technology to customers?
Technology is the key to providing a great service and streamlining processes that improve our offering and commitment to our customers. Being at the forefront of cutting-edge technology is what differentiates us from our competitors.
What is your biggest personal achievement?
Bouncing back from pitfalls in life and being thankful for my health, family and happiness.
What is your favourite music, film, boxset and website?
I have an eclectic taste in music but probably my favourite live band would be the Killers. There are too many films for a favourite, but I’ve recently seen Finding your Feet and Stan & Ollie; two great British movies.
What would be your specialist subject on Mastermind?
Music from the 1980s. I loved this period, the music was just great.
What piece of tech can’t you do without?
My Mac, it’s just so quick and easy to use, I take it everywhere!
First car, current car and dream car?
My first car was a Ford Escort 1.3 L 4dr saloon in gold, so cool in the 1980s! I currently drive a Mercedes C350E, it’s a great looking car and a fun to drive. My dream car would be a bright orange Lamborghini Aventador.
What are the biggest challenges facing the automotive sector?
Embracing technology. We are very nostalgic in the UK and don’t like change, but we are slowly coming to terms with the fact, that most services can be improved when conducted online.