Ron Holmes, founder of the Hatfield-based £100m Mercedes-Benz commercial vehicle dealership has stood down from day-to-day control of the business, taking up the role of chairman, 31 years after the company’s inception.
Replacing Ron sees son, Daniel take over as dealer principal. Daniel joined the business in 2004 and has held various positions including Site Manager at Stansted and, since 2008, Director of Operations.
Further internal promotions see some new faces on the S&B board. The departure of Ron’s long-term right-hand man, Nick Lambert for more than 30 years has stood down from his role as Director of Sales in order to focus on special projects. Promoted in his place to the company’s top sales job is Graham Balsom, who joined S & B in 2000. Graham’s previous position of Van Sales Manager has gone to Mark Robinson, a member of the S & B team since 2005.
Tony Thrower, a former Mercedes-Benz Commercial Vehicle Service Manager of the Year, steps up from his previous role as Group After Sales Manager to become Director of After Sales. Tony began his Mercedes-Benz career in 1988 as an apprentice truck technician working for another dealer, but moved to S & B in 2009 to run the Thurrock workshop.
Completing the round of internal promotions is Colin Davis, a chartered accountant who joined the dealership in 2011 as Financial Controller. Having led the dealer’s eight-strong finance team with distinction, he becomes the company’s new Director of Finance.
Says Daniel: “We’ve set ourselves some very ambitious growth targets for the next few years. I’m confident that we’re perfectly placed to achieve our goals.”