As part of our series highlighting the people behind Baytree, we are pleased introduce you to our senior management team, Chris McDermott, Stephen Pinchbeck, and Chris Astle.
Chris McDermott is Baytree’s Founding Director who established the business some 15-years ago following a 15-year career working in the motor industry. His passion for cars, and personal service inspired him to set up Baytree to offer the very best client experience possible. Chris has now taken up a brand ambassador role focused on managing key client relationships, and promoting Baytree within the wider community, and business networks.
Co-owner, Stephen who joined the business 4 years ago, brings with him a wealth of broad commercial experience following a successful 30-year career running businesses in a variety of sectors, including food ingredients and commercial property. His vast experience of running businesses is now focused on taking Baytree to the next level in its drive to be one of the UK’s most successful independent motor dealers.
Completing the team, Managing Director Chris Astle joined the business in October 2021,Chris has spent the majority of his working life in the automotive industry, including 35 years within the BMW network where his BMW career commenced at Bridgegate Derby as Sales Manager progressing to Head of Business before venturing on his own, owning and running his own BMW dealerships Astle BMW in Lincolnshire over a successful 10-year period. Following the sale of the business, in 2008 he returned to Stratstone Derby BMW as Head of Business before retiring from his position last year.
“My role includes the sourcing of vehicles to broaden the choice of cars available, reacting to customer demand and market conditions, developing the team, focusing on customer retention and loyalty and developing the aftersales operation.
Chris says “ I am excited to have the opportunity to assist in the development of the business, to realise its full potential “
Chris brings a wealth of expertise, knowledge and industry connections to Baytree.