RON Logan, dealer principal of Etheridge Ford in Ringwood, east of Melbourne, has become the only Australian dealer for the Blue Oval brand to win a ‘Gold Master Dealer Principal’ award every year since the Ford Guild retail program was established in 2013.
Just six dealers from Ford’s 200-strong dealer network met the benchmarks set by the company for Gold Master dealer status in 2015, with Victorian retailers again dominating the field.
As well as Mr Logan, the gold-plated Victorian dealers were David Blackwood from the Bayford Group in Melbourne’s north, Tim Harkness from Courtney and Patterson Ford in Heidelberg, Paul Gorell from Rex Gorell Ford in Geelong, and Peter Bastin from Jayell Ford in Kyabram in the Goulburn River Valley in the state’s north.
That left Barry Stafford, dealer principal of Barry Maney Ford in Mount Gambier, South Australia, as the only retailer outside Victoria to reach the highest level in the reward and recognition program that assesses various areas of the dealership’s business such as sales, service and parts operations.
Customer satisfaction is cited as a key area of assessment, along with sales performance and professional development.
Three dealer principals received a ‘Master Dealer Principal’ award, including Cameron McLeish from Freeway Ford in Cranbourne, on Melbourne’s south-eastern fringe, who had previously won two successive Gold Master awards.
The other two were Tom Nedel from Central Ford in Kilmore, north of Melbourne, and Brett Elliot from Harrigan Ford in Yallah, New South Wales.
Ford Australia says its guild program is “designed to encourage a positive dealer experience focused on delivering great customer-focused outcomes”.
The dealer principal awards recognise the importance of the role in “delivering success, building a strong customer-focused culture and building, coaching and motivating the team”, Ford says.
The program also recognises top-performing individuals in sales, service and parts.
By Terry Martin