01/05/2012 - Hampshire Travel Boss Wins Top Coach Industry Award.
Southampton company manager is named best Young Professional in the country.
In the world of coach travel it’s seen as something of a gladiatorial challenge - Britain’s top young executives all vying to be named “Young Coach Industry Professional” of the year. It’s quite apt then that it’s the 30 year old General Manager of Coliseum Coaches who has just been awarded this prestigious title at the 2012 UK Coach awards.
Although officially on the payroll for the last ten years, Mark Pitter has been working for the Southampton based company for as long as he can remember. As a small boy he’d help to clean coaches for his father, and has grown up to take charge of this well respected family firm. The award is testament to his hard work and dedication - starting from the very bottom and working his way to the top.
The national awards ceremony is designed to recognise and reward quality and success in the UK coach industry. The “Young Professional” title is given to a talented young person, 30 or under, who shows leadership and commitment to the future development of the industry. In a hard fought battle Mark had to demonstrate an ability to manage complex tasks, show great communication skills and be able to perform to a budget.
Coliseum Coaches has recently become part of Lucketts Holdings, another award winning family run travel business. Mark played a vital role in the deal, and has stayed on to further develop the company in Southampton. As General Manager he is responsible for all day-to-day operations, including the smooth running of a high profile contract to transport the Southampton Football team in luxury and comfort.
He said ”I’m thrilled to have won this prestigious award and was so excited to share the news with my family and colleagues. This industry is in my blood, apart from time at university I’ve always been involved. It’s great to know that my desire to deliver the highest levels of service to customers has been recognised by a judging panel of some of the most experienced industry experts in the country.”
The Chairman of the UK Coach Awards, Allan Edmonson, was delighted by the high standards set in this year’s competition. He said, "The panel of judges were hugely impressed by Mark Pitters enthusiasm, commitment and having learned the business from the bottom up".
Ian Luckett, Director of Lucketts Travel, said “We’re delighted that Mark has been awarded this prestigious title. We have been working with him since March, but already it’s clear that this is a young man who is going places”
Mark, who lives in Hampshire, is married with two young children.