I started my career in the motor trade in 1991, joining Ringways Ford Leeds Dealership in their Fleet Department. Gaining promotion to Group Fleet Key Account Manager, I personally managed the group's Key Fleet Customer requirements and controlled the supply of over 700 vehicles each year.
2001 saw a move to the larger Polar Motor Company, a joint venture between Jardine Motors and Ford Motor Company. In this new role as a Corporate Sales Executive I was tasked with growing the Business Centre at Polar Ford in Barnsley, South Yorkshire. 2004 saw the company change name and structure to become Ford Retail Group, a wholly owned subsidiary of Ford Motor Company.
I was awarded Group Fleet Sales Executive of the Year in 2007, having grown the client base and vehicle order volumes to over 1,500 per year. 2008 saw my promotion to Business Centre Manager leading an experienced team of five, with a strong focus on customer service excellence. Another accolade came in 2011 when I was awarded Business to Business Manager of the Year for the Group.
The department experienced year on year growth under my guidance to achieve a volume of 4,000 vehicles supplied in 2011 with a turnover of approx. £60M. The Business Centre team had increased to eleven during this period. The client base consisted of numerous national and local companies from varied business sectors such as Retail, Manufacturing, Construction, Rail, Utility, Vehicle Rental, Leasing and Public Sector.
I made the difficult decision to leave Ford Retail Group in 2013 in order to follow my desire to start and run my own business. trueFleet® was therefore established with the aim of assisting the Small and Medium Enterprise local business sector by sharing my knowledge, connections, services and best practice gained from many years of experience in the fleet industry.
"We have dealt with Paul O'Leary for many years, during which time he has handled our small fleet of company cars with enthusiasm and first class service. Handling a small fleet means occasional contact and it can be difficult to generate interest in you as a customer.
Paul has always made us feel wanted and valued and has built an understanding of our needs. I would not hesitate in recommending him and look forward to doing further business with him in the future."
Malcolm Vaughton | Managing Director | Lilleheden Ltd, Barnsley
"I used trueFleet to sort out my lease car after briefly meeting Paul at a networking event and then being referred to him by another business contact. Paul was extremely helpful right from the start and was patient, not only with all my questions (I've never leased a car before so had no idea of the process) but also when my phone kept cutting him off!
Paul made the process easy and painless and it really didn't take up much of my time at all. I would definitely recommend using trueFleet if you are looking at leasing a vehicle as he seems to know his stuff and his customer service is great and that makes a huge difference to any purchase."
Sarah Gathercole | Managing Director | The Office Fixer Ltd, Huddersfield
"I have known Paul O'Leary for some years now during his previous role, which gave trueFleet the opportunity to get through the door. From this point on, his professional approach and timely responses to all my questions was excellent.
I was happy to select trueFleet to supply my new car. Interaction and communication was excellent at every point from quotation, ordering, updates, delivery and follow up have all been consistantly professional. I would not hesitate in recommending trueFleet to any of my contacts."
Paul Clark | Managing Director | Clarks Vehicle Conversions Ltd, Doncaster