Q&A: Leanne Margo from First Car Rental/SIXT Rent a Car and GBTA board member

Leanne Margo is the regional sales manager: Gauteng, Free State and Northern Cape for First Car Rental / SIXT Rent a Car and has just joined the GBTA Southern Africa board. Travel & Meetings Buyer caught up with her to discuss some of her daily challenges and hopes for GBTA’s future. 

Q: What drew you to become involved with the GBTA? 

A: I have always found the information discussed at the GBTA workshops to be extremely relevant. It is fascinating how dynamic the travel industry has become in recent years; there is just so much information that is to be understood by all stakeholders in the industry if one wants to take advantage of what it has to offer.

Q: How do you plan to draw on your experience, as a supplier, in this role?  

A: A supplier has to remain relevant if it wants to flourish in an unstable economy like ours, and should change as our customers’ requirements and expectations change. A supplier’s perspective could bring other aspects to the fore that weren’t possibly raised previously, as it needs to be a win-win relationship with the supplier and buyer. While there tends to always be good attendance at GBTA events, I look after most of the key accounts in my region and I plan to invite them all to attend as well. I make a point of discussing the advantages of being part of the association when I meet with them. 

Q: What are some of the industry challenges you’re hoping to tackle? 

A: Corporate travel in general is always first to go when companies need to cut costs. If we can discuss ways to keep travel relevant and important, it will keep the industry going. Travel will never cease to exist, but we need to nurture it to ensure standards are kept high. 

Q: How long have you been in your current role and what does it entail?  

A: I was with First Car Rental from 2008 until 2012, and rejoined the company in 2017 in a managerial role. I’ve taken on the Gauteng, Free State and Northern Cape corporate and travel segments. My most important role is to inspire growth from within my team, to instil in them that there are no limits; one just has to have belief in oneself. 

Q: What do you see as your greatest achievement in your work life so far? 

A: Where I am today. I believe in doing that extra little bit each day, because the compound effect is massive. Read that extra page, make that one extra phone call; it makes all the difference in the long run. We all have choices to make daily. If it was easy, everyone would do it. 

Q: What are your future plans?  

A: I hope to keep on learning. I love making things easier and more streamlined and would like to see growth for the organisation based on this. 

Watch the video below to find out a bit more about Leanne Margo.   

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