Donnelly Group, Northern Ireland’s largest family-owned new and used vehicle dealership, has strengthened the Dungannon Land Rover team with the appointment of Derek Dickie, as the Group prepares for the showroom’s expansion and arrival of Jaguar in 2018.
Derek Dickie, Dungannon born and bred, has moved from his position at the Donnelly Motorstore at the M1 Complex Dungannon to Land Rover as a Sales Executive. After leaving school, Derek had a strong desire to work with cars and started his employment at the Donnelly workshop in Dungannon.
With strong people skills, Derek soon moved into a sales role where he started working with Rover and Mitsubishi.
Having spent a lifetime working in the local motor trade, Derek has experience with a variety of manufacturers which will assist in his new role working with Land Rover, and Jaguar later this year.
“I’m delighted to be starting a new position at Donnelly Land Rover at Dungannon having spent four years at the Dungannon Motorstore. Land Rover is an exciting new challenge for me and with the arrival of Jaguar in the near future we will extend the choice of vehicles available to our customers in 2018.
“Many years ago, when starting my career, I left school and began working in Donnelly Group straight away. Immediately, I loved the people and the wide variety of car brands, as well as the company ethos of keeping the customer central to everything we do.
“With an extensive knowledge of a variety of brands at Dungannon and throughout the Donnelly Group, my expertise grew and by listening to our customer needs I could match them to the vehicle that best suited their requirements and their budgets.
“Having worked in Dungannon my entire career, I have built incredible relationships with our customers in Dungannon and the surrounding areas throughout the years. Many of these customers and their families and friends return to me to buy their cars. Locally, Reverend Moore bought his first Rover from me in 1998 and in January of this year he bought his latest vehicle from me, as well as all the cars in between!
“It’s that customer loyalty and the relationships I get the opportunity to develop with them which is really rewarding and why I love my job.”
Derek’s appointment to the Land Rover showroom in Dungannon brings the sales department to a total of eight, all with outstanding experience in the motor industry.
Dave Sheeran, Managing Director of the Donnelly Group, added:
“Derek is a prime example of our dedicated Donnelly Group team situated across all of our eight locations in Northern Ireland. He has become an expert with every brand he works with and is committed to creating meaningful, lasting relationships with customers.
“This is a really exciting time for the Land Rover team in Dungannon with plans well underway for the new £6 million showroom as we welcome Jaguar into our Group. Not only does the Jaguar brand bring a new variety of choice for our customers, but the new, luxurious facilities will be fantastic with plenty of space to showcase new and used cars to customers up close, as well as in excess of 100 customer parking spaces.
“This state-of-the-art showroom is the only one of its kind in Mid-Ulster and will have a significant focus on customer experience, enhanced by our committed team. We look forward to seeing Derek thrive in his new role, introducing new and existing customers to Jaguar Land Rover.”
During building work, the existing Land Rover showroom in Dungannon will continue to operate as normal.