Mike Wilson Top dealership owner says it’s important to have fun
Born with “petrol in his veins”, it was easy for Jackson’s Queenstown dealer principal to swop flipping burgers for selling cars 25 years ago. In fact, Mike Wilson had an eye on the town’s award-winning dealership for quite some time while he owned and ran a take-away shop.
Originally from Port Elizabeth where Wilson worked for one of the big five banks, it was while visiting his wife Lucy’s hometown (Queenstown), that he realised owning one’s own business was a rewarding and lucrative path to take.
The Wilson’s moved to Queenstown and it took seven years of running his own take-away shop before Wilson got the opportunity of a lifetime to buy the dealership in 1990.
“I mentioned to my father-in-law that it seemed like a great business to own.
“He had spoken to the owners who wanted to retire and sell the dealership. It was started in 1927 by Walter Jackson and his brother Fred, and was taken over in 1964 by Rex Wagner, who sold it to me in 1990,” Wilson said.
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