Sewells ADM graduation


A large group of leaders and top executives from the retail automotive sector attended a dinner function in Sandton last night to mark the graduation of 12 more motor businessmen and women to emerge from the latest South African Sewells Group Advanced Dealer Management (ADM) programme.


ERIC CALVERLEY, service manager Grand Central Motors, Midrand, received a special award for a compiling the best business plan as part of the latest Sewells Group Advanced Dealer Management (ADM) course.

Sewells Group – a global consulting and outsourcing firm which specialises in the automotive retail industry with core operations in South Africa, Australia/New Zealand, India, China, Thailand and Indonesia – has for six years run two separate annual ADM programmes out of South Africa and Australia producing a total of around 25 potential dealer principles a year.

Sewells is advanced in the process of re-establishing ADM’s relationship with theMelbourneUniversitywhich will allow course followers to add post graduate certification to their achievements here. The University will also contribute and deliver around two to three days of course content typically including inputs on leadership, culture management and change management.

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GILBERT MFUYA, from Toyota Ltd. ToyotaZambia, received a special award for achieving the best performance overall in all course of the latest Sewells Group Advanced Dealer Management (ADM) course.

The ADM curriculum presently includes:

  • One hundred and fifty contact hours of intensive, focused management instruction (seven clusters over 10 months).
  • Leading industry and subject matter expert facilitators.
  • Exposure to a unique line-up of guest speakers.
  • Business visits, case studies and workplace assignments.
    • Insight into international best practices.
    • A holistic development approach including a personal development component to the programme.

Delegates who enter the ADM programme can literally learn all the elements of what it takes to become a motor dealer principal – the top person in the large, dynamic and intricate businesses servingSouth Africa’s motoring customers.

Guest speaker at the function was Jeff Osborne, CEO of the Retail Motor Industry (RMI) who gave an overview of current South African industry trends.

The successful graduates recognised at last night’s banquet were:

Clayton Lennox (Brand Manager Land Rover & Jaguar East Rand); Lilian Wasserfal (independent); Salvador Duzentos (Deputy Corporate GM, Toyota de Angola); Simon Mwiti (National Sales Manager, Toyota Kenya Ltd.); Nic Bottari, (Nic Bottari Toyota); Emerson Santos (National Service Manager, Toyota de Angola); Peter McNaughton (Group Parts Manager,
Kelston Motor Group); Gilbert Mfuya (Corporate Affairs Manager, Toyota Zambia Ltd.); Eric Calverley (Service Manager, Grand Central Motors, Super Group); Suzan du Preez (Parts Sales Manager, Honda Bedfordview); Brett Nel (Divisional Business Manager, Super Group);  and Theuhan van Dyk (Preowned Manager, Northwest Nissan, Roodepoort.)

Two of these received additional special awards: Gilbert Mfuya for achieving the best performance overall in all courses, and Eric Calverley for the best business plan produced.