Chris joined Manco Automatics as an engineer in 1984 at the tender age of 17. In 1988, as well as getting married to Trish, he bought a share of Manco; a busy year! Though he was initally employed as an engineer, and to this day he is still an engineer at heart, Chris has taken on greater responsibility at Manco including operational management and sales & marketing. During Chris’s time at Manco he has seen the company steadily grow into one of the industry’s most respected gaming and leisure providers.
Chris was recently Chairman of BACTA’s North-West regional committee and continues to be a active member of the committee. BACTA (British Amusement Caterers Trade Association) is a trade association that meets regularly to discuss current industry issues and lobbies parliament in support of the coin-operated and licensed industry.
Now in his forties Chris remains driven to further improve and expand Manco Automatics through genuine customer care and quality service.
Chris is a keen open water swimmer, enjoying the challenge of long distance swims. He also regularly organises street parties and social gatherings amongst his friends and neigbours, with the aim of nurturing and promoting community in his neighbourhood and raising money for charities.
Derek Manion Derek arrived at Manco Automatics in 1988 having purchased a quarter share in the family business. A combination of a background in an office environment and an interest in technology saw Derek bring new ideas about the various administrative aspects of running a business. A family man, he and his wife Sheila married in 1983 and have two children.
When time allows Derek is a keen snooker player who represents his local club team and still aspires to improve on his personal best break of 86. Having not quite made it to the Crucible theatre, he can still be seen trying in many social clubs around Greater Manchester. Derek still continues to pursue new ways to improve the service and products offered by Manco Automatics Ltd. In 2015 he is spearheading the transition to an integrated, paper free back office system for machine collections to optimise income levels and improve customer profits.