Hooniverse Weekend Edition: UDMan's new (well not so new) Venture…


I have a new venture, and that is to rebuild a reputation of a local truck dealer, and to recover lost relationships squandered by the previous owners. You see, I am starting over at a Springfield (Mass.) based dealership, and will be in charge of their Medium Duty Truck Lines.


Working, for a family run company can either be rewarding, or just a grind. When I went back to work for a local Freightliner Dealer (Hartford) I thought I knew what I was getting myself into. I was so wrong and I quickly found out why I loathe family run operations (you see, I’ve worked in several such organizations…) and it has been mostly all about the family. So why am I jumping in at what is in all reality another family run truck dealer? I’ve worked with these guys before, and while it is essentially a family store (actually, three at last count), it is run quite differently.

Ballard Truck Centers has been in business for over 20 years, and currently sells Mack Trucks – now owned by Volvo Trucks – and the brand I used to represent, UD Trucks. With their recent acquisition of Springfield Mack, Inc., they now cover a great deal of the Mass, RI and northern CT market. They also acquired the Mitsubishi-Fuso and Hino franchises, and they are about to open a UD Trucks franchise in the Springfield location.

So what is my primary responsibility here? To get the word out that Springfield Mack is under new ownership, and that we will be your primary source of quality medium duty trucks for your business. Will I miss Freightliner? Only with regards to the Sprinter product. This will be my gig, and I can grow the business as I see fit, within budgetary reasons. Wish me luck!

Images Credits: All from their respective manufacturers: Mack Trucks, Hino of America, Mitsubishi-Fuso America, UD Trucks NA.

0 Comments

  1. Good luck to you Sir. As with all people getting into new jobs I wish you the utmost in success in your new venture.

  2. Now, that's a historic truck company that I would be proud to represent. Congrats on the new position, I'm sure you will be successful there.

  3. So your screen name has regain its meaning! Crongratulations: finding a new jobs these days is not exactly easy…

  4. Congrats, UDMan! Sounds like a great opportunity with some fantastic product lines. Best success to you.

  5. Congrads on your new endevor. Be patient. Remember it takes twice as long to re-build a reputation than it does to ruin one.
    Good Luck and as my dear departed pappy used to tell me, SELL, SELL, SELL. Yourself First, then your product.

  6. I want to wish you all the best, but I'm worried that it will cut into essential Corvair prep efforts. Perhaps you could also open a Corvair dealership, and make it a win-win?

  7. Good luck, UDMan! I can't think of anyone better to have in charge of growing a business. Fight through the low points on the road, and enjoy the crests of the high points!

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