Phil O’Brien retires

After 41 years in the automotive industry and 25 years with the IFA, Phil O’Brien of York Motor Factors has retired. At its July meeting the IFA presented Phil with a gift in recognition of his contributions over the years.

Phil gave a short speech summarising his time with York Motor Factors.

The business was started in 1969 by Bill and Mary O’Brien and Phil joined in 1978 with a temporary position as a van driver, until he found a ‘proper job’.

York Motor Factors joined the IFA in May 1994 and this has acted as a catalyst for the business in many ways over the next few decades.

Phil served his time on the board with his usual integrity and never lost his enthusiasm to get the best from every interaction. Every role as Product Manager was handed to Phil knowing he would always strive to get the best for everyone involved. Liked and respected by suppliers and members alike, he steps down from YMF, leaving it in better shape than ever with Barry and their competent, motivated team to keep up their highest standards of customer care and service.

“We will all miss Phil’s contribution”, said Tim Whittaker, IFA Marketing Director. “He always looked for a positive angle from every situation. ‘Together we are better’ he would say, (unless it involved skiing with other IFA members, where I’m confident he felt the complete opposite!)

We all wish Phil and Michelle a very long and happy retirement.

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