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BLK Auto announces industry veteran as new sales manager

BLK Auto has appointed a well-known industry name to its new sales manager role as it gears up for a big year ahead

In a major boost for Queensland based bus and coach brand BLK Auto, it has announced the appointment of a new sales manager.

Mark Nichols will assume the role at the bus importer and distribution company, bringing a wealth of knowledge and expertise to BLK Auto from his career spanning more than 30 years in the passenger transport industry.

Nichols began his career at North Coast Bus and Coach more than 30 years ago, where he honed his skills as a coach and motor body builder.

He then moved on to Higer Bus Company before joining MAN, where he served as the regional sales manager for NSW.

In his most recent role as sales manager in Australia and New Zealand for MAN Bus with Penske, Nichols played a crucial role in the growth of the MAN product in Australia.

BLK Auto leaders have moved to welcome Nichols to the company.

“We’re thrilled to welcome Mark Nichols into the BLK Auto family as our new sales manager,” BLK Auto executive David Jiear says.

BLK Auto general manager Sean Smith says: “Mark’s deep industry knowledge and customer-focused approach make him a perfect fit for our team.”

“We’re confident that his expertise will contribute significantly to our continued success and growth.”

BLK Auto new sales manager Mark Nichols

Passionate about the industry, Nichols has a strong focus on building long-lasting relationships with customers.

BLK Auto says he understands the importance of not just making the initial sale, but also becoming a trusted business partner to each operator.

BLK Auto operations manager Kylie Bellamy says BLK Auto is thrilled to have him on board as his proven experience and customer-centric approach will be invaluable to the company.

“I have known Mark for many years and have always found him to be a very personable and professional individual with great morals and will further complement the BLK sales team,” she says.

Nichols joins BLK Auto at an exciting time, with a range of new models set to be released in the next year. Additionally, BLK Auto is also further expanding its battery electric vehicles and fuel-cell electric vehicles, solidifying its commitment to sustainable transport solutions.

While Nichols is based in BLK’s Queensland office in Yatala, he says to expect to see him around the country as he visits operators and end users.

“I’m excited to be a part of BLK Auto at this pivotal moment,” Nichols says.

“With the upcoming release of new models and the expansion into electric vehicles, I see a bright future not only for myself but also for BLK Auto and our valued customers.

“I view the relationship with my customers as more of a partnership.”

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