25 years celebrations for Sertec Commercial Director
Release date: 12th June 2014
June 2014 marks a milestone for Sertec Group Commercial Director Dave Steggles as he celebrates 25 years service with the leading automotive manufacturing supplier.
Dave joined Sertec via Jones Brothers Pressings as a Technical Apprentice in June 1989 and became Project Engineer in 1991 when Sertec acquired the Company’s Coleshill factory. He completed his Apprenticeship and with an HNC in manufacturing Engineering he was already making his mark with the company at such a tender age, embarking on a steep learning curve in coordinating major tooling projects for customers, including programmes for Libya.
In the 20 years since, Dave has held a number of senior engineering positions and has supported design and feasibility studies on several vehicle platforms.
In 1996 he progressed to Project Manager and 3 years later became Sertec Birmingham’s Senior Commercial Manager. 2002 saw his appointment to the Board of Sertec Group Holdings at the invitation of mentor Grant Adams and Finance Director Martyn Hughes. As Group Commercial Director, Dave has since been the driving force behind growing the order book throughout the Group. 2008 was a major landmark for Sertec when Dave led the company to set up its Tooling operation in China. This was a huge development for Sertec and now over 90% of Sertec’s tooling is manufactured in the province of Guangdong.
Additionally, he established a common sales control and forecasting system which provides a better understanding of the Company’s sales, goals and objectives on a rolling 5 year period.
Group Managing Director Grant Adams is full of praise for his fellow Director, saying “We are very proud of what Dave has achieved and the part he has played in the dramatic growth of the business. From Apprentice, to Manager, to Director and Shareholder, it is testament to his ability, hard work and dedication that he has now reached his 25th year and succeeded so much for the Company. He is exceptional at what he does!”
Dave has overall responsibility for client relations and drives new business development through both existing and new customers.