FOUR colleagues at a Beaconsfield dealership group are celebrating a century of loyal service.
Aftersales collection and delivery driver Phil Da Silva has notched up 30 years at Hughes Mercedes-Benz, with aftersales administrator Ruth Ford and bodyshop painter David Ward celebrating 20 years each there, while technician Paul Screen has achieved 30 years at Hughes Jeep.
Da Silva, who began his career at the dealership as a valeter, was described by colleagues as ‘a great asset to the team’ and praised for his knowledge of the surrounding areas, meaning he can determine the most direct route to collect and deliver customers’ cars.
Bodyshop manager Paul Pittman said of Ward: ‘He has a lot of great qualities and is a valuable member of our small team of painters.’
Administrator Ruth Ford has taken on many new duties over the 20 years as her role has grown and developed. She is seen as the heartbeat of the dealership and when she is away is ‘greatly missed as the department is just not the same’.
Meanwhile, Screen prides himself on leading the way in all areas of new technology and is ‘a font of all knowledge when it comes to Jeep products new and old’, according to service manager Keith Tegg.
Simon Eggs, Hughes Mercedes-Benz market area director, said: ‘All four colleagues have not only demonstrated loyalty, they have also ensured that they keep learning and developing despite having decades of experience.
‘All are key members of the team and very popular with customers and colleagues, always having time to help and support those less experienced and going the extra mile to deliver exceptional customer service.’
Pictured from left are Ruth Ford, Phil Da Silva, Paul Screen and David Ward