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From apprentice...to dealer principal

From apprentice...to dealer principal

NZ Truck & Driver News

 February 2020   
A Keith Andrews Trucks Whangarei employee who started with the company as an apprentice mechanic 22 years ago, has been appointed to the top role in the operation.

In a remarkable career progression, Jason Chambers has been appointed the new dealer principal of the Northland FUSO, Freightliner and Mercedes-Benz truck operation, and of KAT's new light commercial dealership

He's also retaining high-level control of service operations as KAT's head of service.
Chambers takes over the role after the death last November of KAT founder and dealer principal Keith Andrews.

And he credits the late Andrews for establishing a culture that encourages staff and provides opportunities for those with the desire and capability to develop their career: 

"As the business grew, Keith didn't always look for outside help – he looked to his current staff first. 

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A Keith Andrews Trucks Whangarei employee who started with the company as an apprentice mechanic 22 years ago, has been appointed to the top role in the operation.
In a remarkable career progression, Jason Chambers has been appointed the new dealer principal of the Northland FUSO, Freightliner and Mercedes-Benz truck operation, and of KAT's new light commercial dealership.
He's also retaining high-level control of service operations as KAT's head of service.
Chambers takes over the role after the death last November of KAT founder and dealer principal Keith Andrews. 
And he credits the late Andrews for establishing a culture that encourages staff and provides opportunities for those with the desire and capability to develop their career: 
"As the business grew, Keith didn't always look for outside help – he looked to his current staff first. 
"He opened up many opportunities for me, for which I will always be extremely grateful. In every new role, I was able to benefit from a solid support network that allowed me to develop my skills." 
Chambers adds: "I'm honoured and excited to be taking this next big step within the business. The future looks very bright."
Chambers was promoted to foreman in 2004 and became service manager three years later – fulfilling that role for over 10 years before being promoted to group service manager in 2018, covering KAT's Whangarei, Auckland and Hamilton service departments.
KAT managing director Kurtis Andrews said that Chambers' extensive service and operational experience, allied with his loyalty and dedication to the business and its people, have prepared him well. He also recently completed Mercedes-Benz global management training in Sydney, in preparation for his new role. 
Says Kurtis Andrews: "This is a really exciting time for Jason to be heading operations in Whangarei, as we embark on a new chapter with a brand-new LCV dealership and an expanded offering that covers Mercedes-Benz car parts and service. 
"Jason understands and is already an integral part of the KAT culture. His passion and expertise for ensuring the highest standards in customer service and operations will, I'm sure, see him succeed in his new role."  


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