Committee member steps up; Restructure at Paligap

PEOPLE NEWS: ETRA elects Manders as new president

Maurice Manders has been unanimously elected by ETRA’s Committee to be its fourth president in succession to Nigel Hill.

Manders is the manager of BOVAG bicycle and motorcycle businesses. He took up this job in 2004 and was appointed to represent BOVAG in ETRA in 2005. In March 2006, he was elected treasurer of the European trade association for bicycle, moped and motorcycle retailers.

In the past four years, Manders has manifested himself in the ETRA Committee as a very active, vocal and constructive manager. In order to make ETRA’s collective voice louder and stronger, he believes it is fundamental to set up coalitions.

Manders commented: “In the past couple of years, ETRA has intensively searched after co-operation with all parties in our business. I believe the best way to protect and promote the interest of two-wheel retailers is by working together with all associations involved.

“Together we should try to provide specialist dealers in Europe with a good perspective. In times in which the concepts green, health, mobility and sustainability dominate the daily headlines, two-wheelers need to be seen as an important part of the solution. We should fight for that together.”

Paligap has recently restructured its current sales team and from Monday November 2nd, long time technical/warranty and internal account co-ordinator John Hollier will be Paligap’s new area account manager for the South West.

The distributor has also restructured the London and Home Counties area, which will now be serviced by sales director Andrew Butler. Rebecca Pring will be taking over the internal account co-ordinator role, working alongside Hollier.

A further internal account co-ordinator is currently sought for the Bristol headquarters.

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