60-second interview: James Jenkins, sales director, ATE Truck & Trailer Sales

Commercial Motor
June 20, 2016

My favourite holiday destination is...
Majorca in the summer, and the Alps in the winter.

I drive a...
Range Rover Sport and a Nissan pick-up.

My hobbies include...
Competing with MAN in division one of the British truck racing championship. I’m the team manager of Jenkins Motorsport. My 11-year-old son has started his first season in karting, so I spend a lot of time at the track with him.

I got into the industry when...
I took my first role at ATE 20 years ago, and I have enjoyed moving up the career ladder with a fantastic company ever since. My father was an owner-driver, so I grew up with a passion for trucks.

To encourage more young people into the industry we should....
Offer hands-on experiences. We’ve got a guy with us whose father worked in the business. He started helping out in the school holidays and weekends, before taking on a full-time role when he finished his education. He’s now 22 and doing well in a sales environment. Those early days helped him develop a passion for what we do.

The outlook for our sector over the next 12 months is..
About consolidation and not losing sight of our strengths. We’ve come through a dramatic growth period. This year we’ve seen a slight recovery in export sales, but our main focus is on the UK domestic market where we are working to deliver the best possible service to our loyal customer base, and prospects.

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