GET TO KNOW: David Lahiffe, Mobility Service Sales Manager, Pickerings Lifts

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How long have you worked for your current employer and how did you get into the industry?

Nearly five years. Before I came to here I worked in an entirely different industry, but Pickerings Lifts is a large and well known employer in my area so when a sales vacancy was advertised I jumped on it!

What’s the first thing you do when you get into work in the morning?

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If I’m in the office, get the coffee on! If I’m out on sales visits I’ll plan my day and organise where I need to be and when.

What’s your biggest achievement in the industry to date?

Being promoted to the mobility manager role. Prior to that I worked in Pickerings Lifts service team, so being promoted and leading the mobility service side of the business was a massive personal achievement, and it’s been amazing seeing the mobility business grow and evolve over the years, as well as working alongside so many exceptional people.

What do you most enjoy about working in the industry?

Knowing that the equipment we service and maintain makes such a difference to people’s lives. A stairlift can make all the difference to enabling someone to live independently in their home. I also enjoy finding new people to work with and putting my Sherlock Holmes hat on to seek out the right people to present our service offering to.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?

Always try to see things from other peoples’ perspective.

What do you enjoy doing outside of work?

Gardening, keeping fit, trips away with my family and travelling the great outdoors with the dogs.

Which other company (inside or outside the industry) do you most admire and why?

Nisbets Catering Equipment. Before I came here I worked for Nisbets for 10 years and they were, and still are, dedicated to outstanding customer service.

Tell us something about yourself that none of your colleagues know?

I listened to a speech by Nelson Mandela when he visited Leeds in 2001.

If you could invite any four people (dead or alive) to a dinner party, who would they be?

Jim Morrison, Charles Darwin, Carl Sagan, Blake Lively

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