Paul Kinge has dedicated his entire working career to the same employer, putting his loyalty down to the family friendly atmosphere.
The aftersales manager from Hook, joined Martins Volkswagen in 1980 as an technician apprentice and is now celebrating his 30 years of service.
He was recently presented with a Volkswagen Gold Pin, which are only awarded to an elite group of individuals each year, in recognition of his exceptional service to the brand.
As customer demand increased, Paul specialised in commercial vehicles and was instrumental in the launch and success of the stand alone van centre, which opened in 1999.
Paul’s expertise and knowledge has developed Martins Van Centre into an award-winning business, including the Volkswagen Customer Service Excellence Award for the third consecutive year.
Speaking of his 30 year milestone, Paul said: “I have always enjoyed my time at Martins Van Centre is it really interesting to see how the range has evolved and how the industry has changed.
“Having grew up on a farm, from a family with a strong presence in the building industry, I quickly realised outside labour was not for me. Opting for a career in automotive mechanics I have never looked back.
“Martins Van Centre has continually supported my development and has always remained true to its roots. The family approach has made the job very enjoyable and is why I have remained loyal to the business.”
Head of business at Martins Van Centre, Andrew Lean, said: “Paul is a real asset to the team and one that both staff and customers have confidence in for all their commercial vehicle concerns.
Thirty years is a real achievement and we fully appreciate his devotion and hardwork.”