IN THE HOT SEAT
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is month, we talk to Lee Turner, national sales manager at Quickslide, about how he
www.ggpmag.com January 2020
GGP: What was your route into the
Lee Turner (LT): I joined the
industry purely by accident. I was
previously working as an online
sales consultant within the leisure
sector and the company I was an
agent for unfortunately went into
liquidation, due to them investing
heavily into leasing their own fleet
of aircraft which at the time wasn’t
right for the business. So, after being
slightly disillusioned, I decided it
was time to get a proper job and
within minutes of posting my CV on
a job search website I was invited to
interview for the position of internal
account manager with Quickslide.
The rest is history.
GGP: What changes have you seen
since then – good or bad?
LT: For me, personally, the biggest
positive is that we as a business
are forever evolving. Over the
last 12 months alone we have
started in the industry and his role at Quickslide.
heavily invested in new machinery,
transport and a new IT system,
which enables our valued trade
partners to utilise all opportunities
to maximise their sales potential.
GGP: How would you describe your
role at Quickslide?
LT: The key aspects of my role
are to maintain and develop the
relationships with our current
customer base, alongside seeking out
potential new business to contribute
towards consistent company growth.
GGP: What’s the most challenging
thing about your role?
LT: As an externally based member
of the team I’m forever reliant on
back up support from other internal
departments in order for me to fulfil
my role. I regularly require input
from sales, production, accounts and
logistics staff, but as we all have a
similar work ethos at Quickslide, I
am fortunate that this setup seems
to work well.
GGP: If you didn’t work in this
industry, what job could you see
LT: Many years ago, my partner and I
owned a small B&B holding situated
on the border of Portugal and
Spain, which also had a campsite
attached. We thoroughly enjoyed
the interaction with customers and
working to make their experiences
ever more enjoyable, so it would
have to be going back to the warm
weather, being hosts and putting
smiles on people’s faces.
GGP: What is a typical working day
LT: My time is primarily spent
calling and visiting various
Quickslide trade partners, as well as
building relationships with potential
new customers. Using a variety of
processes, I work with our customers
to ensure they’re always aware of the
full range of services and support
Quickslide offers and how our team
deliver this to help them generate
growth within their own businesses.
GGP: What is your proudest moment
LT: I’d have to say when I was asked
to become national sales manager
for the business by the current board
of directors, which was over two
years ago now.
It has been an exciting and
interesting experience so far and,
given the plans the company has
begun to set in motion over the
last year, there are going to be
many more exciting events and
opportunities to look forward to.
GGP: How do you like to spend your
time away from work?
LT: I have spent the last 30 plus years
being a long-suffering season ticket
holder at Tottenham Hotspur, which
tends to take up most of my time
away from work given the 450-mile
round trip I do every other weekend
throughout the season. Aside from
that we enjoy spending time together
as a family watching ice hockey and
occasionally spending a day at the
GGP: Where do you see yourself in
LT: Still at Quickslide, still eager to
help our company remain one of the
market leaders in what we do, still
pushing for growth and to increase
market share and still part of one of
the best teams in the industry.
“the biggest positive is that we as a business
are forever evolving. Over the last 12
months alone we have heavily invested in
new machinery, transport and a new IT
system which enables our valued trade
partners to utilise all opportunities to
maximise their sales potential”