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Dealer profile Vindis GroupTwo years ago, Vindis's Audi brand director left and the directors at the time looked at the business to assess what was happening.Vindis said: "Although we had got on very well at working at market areas within brand, we realised that the group wasn't pulling together in one direction."We had central functions in terms of HR and buyers, but we had a lot of brand specific functions, which sometimes were pulling against each other."An operations director role was created to unify the business into one entity. As a result, Vindis says the business has leapt forward.Brand relationshipsVindis has a very strong relationship with VW Group, but expansion with brands within the group has so far, just been a coincidence.He said: "We've always had a principle that we work incredibly closely with the brands we represent. As a result of that loyalty and interaction I find that I couldn't ContinuesJamie Vindis only ever spends three days a week in the head office at Huntingdon to avoid "losing touch with reality".He said: "I will always strive to get out as much as I can just talking to people."My meetings with my group management team are probably the first thing that happens on a daily basis. I see heads of business a couple of times a month and sales managers and aftersales managers monthly. That communication is
paramount and my average day always revolves around that."Outside of work Vindis has a two-and-a-half year old daughter and a five-month-old son. He said: "That's pretty much my life at the moment."Vindis has a passion for restoring and running motorbikes. He also has a "slightly sadistic streak" which pushes him to sign up to do an "insane physical challenge despite the fact I wouldn't have done any exercise from the previous challenge".Vindis ran the London Marathon last year. "It was difficult. The final 15 miles were really tough."Vindis is running/walking from London to Brighton in May and has several teams together from the group. He also has friends who regularly phone him to suggest doing something crazy like running Hadrian's Wall - 84 miles in two days.He said: "The urge takes me and I'm suddenly doing a triathlon in the middle of Devon.
It's interesting because I'm not fit."You have to push yourself. It's how you respond to challenges that defines you as a person."Jamie Vindis: A day in the life