Corporate

Some things are just meant to be November 24th, 2008

By Manuel Agurcia

Regional Manager, Corporación Jaar, Honduras

While attending the Sales Academy Triple event in Korea, we were asked to say something interesting about ourselves so I’d like to share my story with you.

Some 20 years ago, when I was 18 years old, fresh out of high school, I used to work as a Supermarket Clerk. Among my duties, it was my responsibility to manage the accounts of several customers. Among these clients was and incredibly nice lady who always made conversation with me and treated me very well. She used to come into the supermarket very often with her small children and always looked so optimistic and open. We used to talk and talk, and I always wondered why this elegant lady was so nice and courteous with me.

As I moved on and got a job as a Sales Consultant for a local car distributor, which allowed me to move my way up until becoming Sales Manager about 6 years later. This company eventually became the Kia distributor in Honduras, so I was involved with the brand very early on, selling Ceres, K2400, K3500*, Capital** and other models in the early- to mid-90s.  I actually drove the very first Kia import to Honduras – a light blue Kia Ceres 4×4 – off the boat!

While finishing my formal education, I worked with various distributors, holding various management positions in sales, service and spare parts gaining experience over a 20-year journey.  This experience has given me more than I could ever dreamed of in terms of knowledge and collecting amazing friends across the world while receiving factory training.

Then, about four years ago, I became the Regional Manager for our company, Corporación Jaar, the Kia distributor in Honduras since 1998.  The company is led by a remarkable woman, Mrs. Delmy Jaar, who just happens to be that nice lady I met 20 years ago while working my part time job at the Supermarket.

So, as you can see, some things are just meant to be!

In my case, being involved with Kia at the very beginning of my professional life and now leading our regional offices under the guidance and the advice of our Company President, Mrs. Jaar.  The same guidance and advice I received from her more than 20 years ago, I can apply to our everyday business.

And, for that I am eternally grateful.

Manuel Agurcia (left), Delmy Jaar (second from right) and her family

( Manuel Agurcia (left), Delmy Jaar (second from right) and her family)

Editor’s note
* First produced in 1983, a four wheel drive, forward control cargo truck
** First produced in 1989, a mid sized 4 door sedan

  • Geoff

    As I always say, you treat everyone with respect and always be pleasant and speak to everyone, even though they may not return the pleasantness. Because one day, in the future you may come across these same people. never attempt to offend people or it may come back to haunt you!

  • Pamela (in Korea)

    That’s so true, Geoff! I’ve found that in my business, PR, the world is just too small! Everybody knows everybody, it seems! So bridges are always good to keep strong! In our increasingly globalized world and in a world of modern technology (like the Kia BUZZ for example) it’s amazing how interconnected we really are.

  • Geoff

    Thanks Pamela for the reply and your comments.

    I am a primary school teacher/counsellor. I have a belief/saying which I endeavour to live out in my profession: “Not everyone will like you all of the time, but try to make it difficult for them to dislike you!”

    Regards,
    Geoff (from Australia)

  • Pamela (Korea)

    That’s a great motto to live by, Geoff!

  • Geoff

    Thanks Pamela for the reply.

  • Wow, that is an amazing story on how God blessed you and keeps blessing you, with people that help you reach your goals and never give up on them. Congratulations and may the Lord bless you continously.