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