Six staff from across the Skoda network have been selected to represent Ireland at its international competition. The select group includes Tom O’Grady, from Monaghan & Sons, Galway.
Tom O’Grady joined Monaghan & Sons, Galway in 2015 as a service technician and has worked there for the last three years. O'Grady was a new entrant to the competition this year, and he topped the Service Technician category.
The six Skoda employees from across Ireland will take part in the Skoda Challenge in Croatia next year, having battled it out to win a place on the team at the Irish national final earlier this month. Team Skoda Ireland will compete against 35 countries at the international finals, which are in their ninth year.
Skoda says that the challenge has become a prestigious benchmark for measuring the qualities of the best employees in the global Skoda network, and Ireland will be represented in six different categories: parts and accessory sales person; service advisor; service technician; sales consultant; diagnostic technician; and sales manager.
Darragh Smith of Bradys Cavan deserves special mention as he won the Parts and Accessory Salesperson category for the third time in a row. This follows his success earlier in the year when he won the Parts Manager Category at the international final of the Skoda Challenge in Barcelona.
Commenting on the results of the challenge, John Donegan, brand director at Skoda Ireland, said: “We are delighted to announce the official line-up for Team Skoda Ireland that will be going forward to represent the country at the international Skoda Challenge finals in Croatia next year. As extremely accomplished professionals in their fields and we wish them the very best of luck in the finals. We had great success with Darragh Smith’s category win this year in Barcelona and we hope that Team Skoda Ireland can claim the number one spot in 2019.”