30 months in, Tom Exton talks about his sales role in our ‘home’ area

Two-and-a-half years into his job, Tom Exton reflects on his responsibilities, successes and future potential as Area Sales Manager for the Milton Keynes area; the nerve centre and spiritual home of our business.

Initially, Tom was an apprentice in the Parts Department at Mercedes-Benz, but with a general business overview. After he finished his apprenticeship, he stayed with the company and spent two-and-a-half-years as a Sales Executive for the brand. He then decided to ‘live a little’ and spent eight months travelling and working around Australia. 

Having returned to the UK, Tom wanted to get into more of a business-to-business sales role so he joined a commercial coffee company. However, he admits that the world of commercial coffee wasn’t for him and that he missed working in the transport sector. So, when a job as Area Sales Manager at Dawsongroup truck and trailer came up, he was up for the challenge and eager to take on the role. 

Milton Keynes is not only where Dawsongroup is headquartered, it’s also the area where the Dawson story began over 85 years ago. In 1935, AEH Dawson bought a Studebaker lorry and started his fledgeling haulage business just down the road in Leighton Buzzard. 

Twenty-seven-year-old Tom is responsible for growing our activity in the area, finding business that’s a good match for Dawsongroup truck and trailer and building mutually successful working relationships. 

Together with the team at Milton Keynes, Tom manages our local fleet as effectively as possible, helps customers optimise their operations and delivers what they expect and need. 

He takes great pride in providing a customer-orientated service, developing new accounts and seeing them grow - into both valued customers and professional colleagues. 

Having joined us in the summer of 2019, Tom’s combination of dedication, hard work and a very hands-on approach have produced results. 

He’s had great success introducing some new significant and high-value contract hire and rental customers into the business, including an international design and supply company that specialises in kitchen sinks, taps and waste systems. 

Since joining us, Tom has been inspired by his career potential at Dawsongroup truck and trailer. He describes the company as somewhere he can grow and develop, and he quotes various members of the management team who have carved out long and successful careers with the company. 

When not immersing himself in the world of trucks, Tom’s a big football fan. He follows Coventry City and has been a season ticket holder for many years. 

Having recently sold his flat, he’s currently spending a lot of his spare time renovating the house he bought. It’s in need of quite a lot of work and he’s enjoying learning new skills as he goes along (there’s a YouTube video for everything). However, he also knows his limits and when it’s time to call in a professional! 

Reflecting on his time with us so far and his future prospects, Tom comments: “I really enjoy working at Dawsongroup truck and trailer and I feel that I’ve found a company that I want to develop my career and experience with. The way the company has looked after its employees and customers during the COVID-19 pandemic really confirmed that for me. 

“It’s sometimes a bit unnerving working under the watchful eye of head office but I’m up for the challenge. The future for business in my area, the company generally and the wider road transport sector looks bright and I’m very optimistic. I’m looking forward to many more years with Dawsongroup truck and trailer, hopefully progressing in my roles and responsibilities.” 

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