Volvo has announced a significant milestone for long standing employee and industry stalwart, Ray Andrich, who is celebrating his 30th year with Volvo Bus Australia.
Ray joined Volvo Bus in February 1992 in NSW, and immediately became a valued member of the team, playing an integral role in forming key long-term relationships with customers and partners across the bus and coach industry.
Andrich officially joined the company as a regional sales manager and it was in this role that he found his niche and passion, and proudly maintained his sales role over the years. Prior to this, Ray began working for Suttons Volvo in July 1984, which was then a Volvo Bus dealership for NSW .
Before starting his three-decade journey with Volvo, Ray originally began his career as an electrician, but he carried a passion for buses throughout this time, before even entering the industry and would spend his weekends driving buses around Sydney with his friend.
Ray has had many memorable experiences throughout his years in the industry, and still remembers the first sale he ever made in the with Suttons Volvo in July 1984, selling a Volvo B6 to Lyall Lennox in Kyogle, NSW – a delivery that he says he will never forget.
“Over the years, the bus conferences start to feel like a family reunion. You get to see the younger people in the beginning and then see them grow up, have children and shift through life. Every year it feels more like a family get to together more than a business gathering. Probably like you wouldn’t get in another industry. Especially with many of the family run businesses, you get to see the different generations moving up in the family business,” said Ray.
It is the social side of the industry along with the culture at Volvo Bus that has made Ray’s job so rewarding over the years. According to Ray, it is the passion, drive and teamwork demonstrated within the people at Volvo Bus that has made work so enjoyable, adding that Volvo has been extremely supportive over the years.
“Ray’s experience, skills, dedication and passion for the bus & coach industry makes him such a valuable asset to the Volvo Bus Australia team,” said general manager of Volvo Bus, Mitch Peden.
“30 years in the industry is a massive milestone and we are proud to have Ray on the team continuing to service and support our customers and partners across NSW.”