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John McGuire (53), Managing Director, Phoenix Car Company

John McGuire (53), Managing Director, Phoenix Car Company.

How did you get into the automotive business?
I needed something with better hours and better pay!

What does your job entail?
Find, retain and motivate staff who find, retain and motivate customers.

How will your job change over the next few years?
I hope I will need to spend more time worrying about corporation tax.

Other jobs?
I am a qualified chef but Kate won’t let me cook.

What advice would you give to young people planning to join the industry?
If you don’t love it, leave it. After more than 30 years, I don’t like the industry – I love it.

What is the worst career move you’ve ever made?
Taking on Citroën.

And the best?
Starting Phoenix Honda 15 years ago.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years’ time?
Enjoying the company of automotive people but maybe having more time with my wife.

Favourite book
One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesley.

Favourite holiday
First time in Japan (with Suzuki).

Favourite film
The Quiet Man, directed by John Ford and starring John Wayne. Best movie ever made.

Favourite music
The Eagles’ ‘Desperado’ and ‘On The Border’. Best ever but drives my four children nuts!

First car
Morris 1300 – none of your old Austin rubbish.

Dream car
Rolls-Royce Phantom.

Luxury item
Directors’ box ticket at Celtic Park.



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