Two minutes with.. International Marketing Division Director (and Van Driver) Conor Johnston
So Conor, when did you join AutoQ?
I was here part-time for months but went full-time since just after summer. I was famous for always bringing buns on a Friday and, in truth, that's what I think swung it.
What gets you out of bed in the morning?
Well, every car is perfect for someone. I love it when we find a new way to put our stock in front of people so they spot their perfect match and drive away happy! Half the time the idea doesn't work, which costs nothing except my blushes (and I'm too old to care), but means we get it right by taking chances.
How would you describe your job to a child?
I arrange words and footer about with videos and social media sites to help people see our cars. We also do some online promotion I'm not allowed to talk about or the McCormicks will have me thrown in the Lagan.
Choose three words to describe your role?
Fun, unpredictable and ever-changing.
If you could swap jobs with someone, who would it be?
No one! The positive family culture and relaxed, helpful approach to customer service in Auto Q is just the right fit at the right time.
What do you like most about your job?
The talent and hard work in this building - yet every person always has time for a laugh, a helpful word or to make sure a customer is looked after properly.
How do you relax after a hard day of work?
Family, gym, movies and a bit of writing. Also, travelling with my fiancÃ©e to far-flung places tooâ€¦ way past Larne, even. Joking aside, we also love a day/ night out in Belfast or close to home. There's a lot to enjoy right on our doorstep.
What is your guilty pleasure?
TV binges (like Parks and Recreation) and a decent Scotch! Lagavulin, obviously ;)
What's your dream car?
Cost aside, something light and nimble. Could be a classic or an unusual car: a Quattro, DeLorean, Lotus, classic M3, DB5. Perhaps even a Tesla or i8 but I definitely prefer older 'nuts and bolts' cars.
What is your motto?
Not my words, but "never wrestle with a chimney sweep".