Sales SpecialistRod left the car trade to join Southdowns in August 2010
Q How did you find yourself working for Southdowns?
A Having spent many years working in the motor trade, first as a valetter, with my own company for a while, then as a driver and more recently as a salesman, I was looking for a change. Southdowns has a good reputation, a relaxed approach and has earned a name for being decent people to deal with. It sounded like a good place to work. It is a very difficult environment in car sales at the moment and I wanted a different lifestyle
Q What does your job involve?
A I meet and greet customers, show them around the motorhomes and spend time answering questions and talking them through the different vehicles. I also follow up leads and try to generate new business. I am using my old contacts from my last job and encouraging my old customers to come and take a look at what we have on offer. I have always been interested in caravans and we have a motorhome in the family - it is much easier to sell something if you have a genuine interest in your product and a motorhome is something that I would like to own myself.
Q What is the best thing about working for the company
A There is a lot to learn but so far Im really enjoying Southdowns. Im happy to be working in a good environment where Im able to spend time building good relationships with customers. After working in the car trade where you are always under pressure to make a quick sale, it is refreshing to be able to do the legwork, get results and feel appreciated.
Q If you could take a motorhome anywhere in the world, where would you go?
A I love Italy and I love to cook - I can see myself at Lake Garda in a motorhome listening to jazz and cooking pasta.
Q What is your personal philosophy?
A If you treat people as you would like to be treated, you get that goodwill back.
Rod has two grown up children and lives in Waterlooville with Southdowns Sales
Administrator Alyson Freeman.
They married in May 2015, we wish them all the very best for the future.