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Gordon Stewart, Regional General Manager, Ford Retail, Dagenham Motors Gordon Stewart (57), Regional General Manager, Ford Retail, Dagenham Motors.

How did you get in to the automotive business?
Joined main Ford dealer as an apprentice from school.

What does your job entail?
Running seven sites within the Surrey region, developing a strong, stable and sustainable business environment which maximises customer and employee attraction and retention. I am responsible for sales, service, business centre, bodyshop and rental.

How will your job change over the next few years?
Progressing and adjusting through economical and environmental change.

Other jobs?
General operations manager, Lookers; managing director, Fortnums; director, Wylies.

What advice would you give to young people joining the industry?
It is very rewarding if you show commitment and a willingness to progress.

What’s the worst career move you’ve ever made?
Moving back to Scotland to work with an MG Rover dealer before Rover’s demise.

And the best?
Working with Ford Retail as that is where it all began.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years’ time?
On the golf course.

Favourite book
A Stone for Danny Fisher.

Favourite holiday
Gulf coast of Florida.

Favourite film
Dr Zhivago.

Favourite music
Power ballads.

First car
Vauxhall VX490.

Dream car
Bentley Continental Convertible.

Luxury item
My wife – priceless!

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