If you should ever doubt Justin Ritchie’s enthusiasm for cars, you need only to look at the name of his fourth son: Enzo.
His passion for cars — Ferraris, at least — may be evident, but he is equally passionate about the industry.
“I’ve worked for a great organization (Cox Enterprises) for over 10 years and feel very fortunate to be able to work for such a diverse, employee-focused organization that continues to invest in our automotive segment,” he said.
“The automotive industry continues to grow globally in terms of production, sales and revenue. The complexity of the industry and the fact that it presents many opportunities for growth, worldwide, really interests me.”
Ritchie has been with Cox for more than a decade. His current role is senior director of strategy, sales operations, for Manheim.
“Specifically, we provide a support infrastructure to ensure our partners are successful through sales reporting and analytics, leading and administering variable compensation plan strategy and management, and providing consulting services, including analytics and account reviews for our clients,” he explained.
Justin Ritchie, Manheim
Ritchie derives a “fulfilling sense of pride” in being mentor to those around him, which he describes as “helping people find their own leadership styles, watching them grow in their roles.”
Which doesn’t mean he lacks role models of his own.
“There are so many,” he replied when asked to name someone he admires professionally. “I believe in paying attention to the great qualities you see in those around you to find a way to incorporate them into your own style. If you’re willing to pay attention to the details, there is so much you can learn from and learn about yourself from others.
“If I had to name one person though, I’d have to say Jose Mourinho (Manchester United’s Manager). He stays true to his values, isn’t afraid to be himself, creates an unsurmountable amount of energy behind those he leads and knows how to build teams and organizations that win!”
Justin Ritchie, 37, is senior director of strategy, sales operations at Manheim.