VfB Stuttgart and Mercedes — Jürgen Dispan was always fascinated by both, right from his childhood. So it’s not really surprising that he was drawn to the three-pointed star professionally too. It was in 1983: Jürgen Dispan started his professional life with an apprenticeship as a motor vehicle technician at the Mercedes sales and service outlet in Stuttgart. He then worked at the site for several years, making the step up to foreman after seven years. His specialist subject: major assembly repair. Anyone who came into the company-owned sales and service outlet with engine or transmission damage was taken care of by Jürgen Dispan and his team.
From time to time he also worked in the outlet together with colleagues from Truck Development in Untertürkheim. And that is how it came about that, one day, he was asked if he could imagine moving to Truck Development. After more than 25 years Dispan left the outlet and became head of the workshop within the Transmission Development department.
Soccer is clearly a connecting element here as well. On Monday mornings, the main topics in Jürgen Dispan’s workshop are the Bundesliga (German Soccer League) and especially the performances of the local club, VfB Stuttgart. And practically all of his colleagues know about Dispan’s sideline as driver of the team bus for the VfB soccer team. He never actively applied to become the driver. As with his current job at the workshop, it was his network and good customer contacts from the sales and service outlet that opened the door for him over twenty years ago.