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Alan Revie

Alan started his career in the tyre industry at the age of seventeen as a tyre fitter. Very quickly from that day he started moving up the management ladder working for a number of tyre companies, until eventually working for the German tyre manufacturer Continental.

During his time at Continental Alan was the Managing Director of the UK business and also had the task of opening new businesses in Europe.

In 1996 Alan decided to start his own international tyre trading business, and successfully launched this by trading tyres from all areas of the world, to tyre retailers and wholesalers in Europe.

In 1999 he was one of five founding partners which started the highly successful and pioneering internet tyre company Delti-Com based in Hanover. This business grew rapidly to become a truly global player with sales in over 40 countries. In October 2006 the partners completed a successful IPO and Delti-Com is now listed on the Stock Exchange. Alan has retained an interest in this business and still today sits on the supervisory board of Delti-Com.

In July 2001 Alan was approached by the main board of Continental to look at their retail business in the UK, National Tyres and Autocare. By December 2001, Alan Revie announced the acquisition of National Tyre and Autocare by Axle Ltd., a company he had started only months before.

Since 2001 Axle Group Holdings Ltd. has grown and now has a portfolio of five companies,

                      National Tyres and Autocare (Retail)

                      Viking International (Wholesale)

                      Tyre Shopper (Internet)

                      Channel Island Tyres (Retail)

                      Birkenshaw Distributors (Wholesale)

The turnover of the group in the UK is £180m+ and employs 1400 staff, and combining this with the global turnover of Delti-com brings it overall to  £500m+

During February 2008 Alan created Axle Investments by pulling together all the groups commercial property assets, which he now utilises as a vehicle to make further investments.

Alan is a keen supporter of Breast Cancer Care and the Maggies Centres, and also sits on the main board of Entrepreneurial Scotland, and Enlight, the venture philanthropy vehicle of Entrepreneurial Scotland.

Khaled Shahbo

Born in 1967 in Cairo, Egypt; he emigrated to the United States where he was raised and educated earning a BA Science (Hon) from the University of California Santa Barbara in Molecular Biology and Bio-Chemistry. While at the University of California, as a student-athlete he earned Div 1AA All-American honors in Football which lead to a brief career with the NFL's San Diego Chargers.

From there Khaled joined Enterprise Rent-A-Car, one of the world's largest and most successful privately owned companies with annual sales of £7 billion world wide focusing on the non-tradition replacement vehicle market. Within a Management Development Program he matriculated through the organisation at practically every operational and managerial level. In 1994 he expatriated to the UK to expand the Enterprise Brand as an Operations Manager in England and in 1996 was appointed Vice-President/Managing Director in Scotland at the age of 28, becoming the youngest VP/MD in the companies history. 

Khaled has been integrally involved in building and expanding the Enterprise Brand and network within Scotland and Northern Ireland. Enterprise currently operates over 275 locations throughout the UK with over 30 locations in Scotland and employ over 250 Scottish employees.

In his spare time Khaled is involved in several community and philanthropic interests. He currently sits on the Board of Directors of Scottish Tourism Forum and ERAC Foundation.    He is also a prominent supporter and sponsor of both Scottish Institute for Enterprise and Hit Scotland (Hospitality Institute for Scotland).  He is an avid if not effective golfer and is said to be one of America's fore most experts on both of Scotland's finest exports, golf and whisky. Not necessarily in that order!

 

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Venue information

21212 3 Royal Terrace
Edinburgh
EH7 5AB

0845 2221212

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Chairman

Khaled Shahbo, Enterprise Rent-a-Car UK, www.enterprise.co.uk

Speakers

  • Alan L Revie, National Tyres & Autocare, www.national-tyres.co.uk
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