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Martin Simpson

General Manager - Robina

How many years’ experience in the Auto Industry?
17 years, all with von Bibra.

How many years have you worked for von Bibra & what position/s have you held?
17 years – I have worked as a Salesperson, Sales Manager, General Sales Manager & General Manager.

Who did you previously work for and what was your role there?
Grumps Wharf Restaurant, Manager.

What do you love most about your job?
The relationships you build with customers and staff over time as well as seeing people start at the bottom, grab an opportunity and create a successful life filled with opportunities they can create by doing what’s right not what’s easy!

I love, that I still love my job after 17 years.

Where did you grow up?
Currumbin and Ashmore always lived on the Gold Coast.

Favourite quote or best piece of advice given to you?
"If you have no confidence in self, you are twice defeated in the race of life, with confidence you have won even before you have started."

"Life is 10% what happens and 90% how you react.
If It Is To Be It Is Up To Me!"

Ryan McCabe

General Sales Manager - Robina

How many years’ experience in the Auto Industry?
16 Years

How many years have you worked for von Bibra & what position/s have you held?
Joined the von Bibra group in June 2018 as General Sales Manager at Robina.

Who did you previously work for and what was your role there?
Toyota 7 Years, BMW 3 years, Started off selling Holden, Trainee Sales Person, Salesperson, Sales Manager, Business Manager and General Sales Manager

What do you love most about your job?
It is exciting buying a new car and it is great seeing people everyday picking up their new cars and having a great experience.

Where did you grow up?
Bundaberg then the Sunshine Coast

Favourite quote or best piece of advice given to you?
"The harder I work the luckier I get"

Sam Green

Kia Sales Manager

How many years’ experience in the Auto Industry?
I have had 5 Years of detailing experience in the automotive industry and just over 2 years of selling.

How many years have you worked for von Bibra & what position/s have you held?
I have worked for just over 2 years as a sales consultant in Mitsubishi and Suzuki.

Who did you previously work for and what was your role there?
I use to work for Oracle Business Accountants as a Graduate Accountant.

What do you love most about your job?
I love the satisfaction of helping customers choose their first car and next car. I love the fact that i wake up each morning and are happy to go into work.

Where did you grow up?
I am a born and breed Gold Coaster.

Favourite quote or best piece of advice given to you?
"If you Believe it will work out, you'll see the opportunities. If you believe it won't you will see obstacles."

Jillian Stratton

Group Administration Manager

How many years’ experience in the Auto Industry?
30 years.

How many years have you worked for von Bibra & what position/s have you held?
30 years and started as receptionist in Cooee Tasmania, progressed through the Administration ranks to current role of Administration Manager.

Who did you previously work for and what was your role there?
Only Von Bibra.

What do you love most about your job?
Welcoming new staff members to our team and seeing them develop and mature in their roles. Every day at work is different!

Where did you grow up?
Wynyard Tasmania.

Favourite quote or best piece of advice given to you?
"If you can manage any challenges you face in life it has the potential to take us to new levels of maturity"

Bruce Ryan

Group Parts Manager

How many years’ experience in the Auto Industry?
30yrs - Ouch!

How many years have you worked for von Bibra & what position/s have you held?
30yrs – positions have included parts interpreter, parts manager and now Group Parts Manager.

Who did you previously work for and what was your role there?
I forget!! Myer – pacific fair (from the 1st opening day).

What do you love most about your job?
No day is the same as the others, Meeting challenges along the way to get parts out on time, seeing staff members succeed ( and helping them grow both at work and outside work).

Where did you grow up?
Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane, Charters towers, Gold Coast (my Dad was in the Army, so we moved frequently).

Favourite quote or best piece of advice given to you?
"Always treat people the way you would like to be treated yourself."

Jabin Skipps

Retail Parts Manager

How many years’ experience in the Auto Industry?
17 years.

How many years have you worked for von Bibra & what position/s have you held?
11 years as both a Parts Interpreter and now the Parts Sales Manager.

Who did you previously work for and what was your role there?
Diesel Services as A Parts Interpreter.

What do you love most about your job?
The people I work with and the culture we have built as a team. Plus no two days are ever the same!

Where did you grow up?
Auckland, New Zealand.

Favourite quote or best piece of advice given to you?
“If it is to be it is up to ME…."

This is my favourite quote because, if you have a dream… the only one stopping you form achieving that dream is YOU.

Robert Ehemann

ROBINA MITSUBISHI & SUBARU SALES MANAGER

How many years’ experience in the Auto Industry?
2 years

How many years have you worked for von Bibra & what position/s have you held?
2 years as Mitsubishi Sales Trainee, Senior Mitsubishi Consultant, currently the Mitsubishi & Subaru Sales Manager.

Who did you previously work for and what was your role there?
International Travel Consultant and Aviation Service expert.

What do you love most about your job?
No two days are ever the same - I love the many facets of the industry which bring never ending challenges and opportunities. I love working alongside great people and for a company that give back to the community.

Where did you grow up?
I grew up in Murwillumbah, in Northern NSW between the Gold Coast and Byron Bay.

Favourite quote or best piece of advice given to you?
"I would rather be hated for who I am than be loved for someone I am not."

Brendon Welch

ROBINA Honda SALES MANAGER

How many years’ experience in the Auto Industry?
7.5 years

How many years have you worked for von Bibra & what position/s have you held?
7 years, started in Administration then moved into Sales.

Who did you previously work for and what was your role there?
I previously worked for Zupps Southport in Accounts prior to von Bibra’s buying Zupp’s out.

What do you love most about your job?
The human interaction of staff and customers. Buying a car is a fun and exciting experience for most, and it’s great to be a part of that.

Where did you grow up?
Auckland, New Zealand

Favourite quote or best piece of advice given to you?
"Forge your own path, if you follow someone else’s, you’ll only ever end up in a queue."

JAY SUBAN

SERVICE MANAGER HOLDEN, HONDA & KIA - ROBINA

How many years’ experience in the Auto Industry?
20 years

How many years have you worked for von Bibra & what position/s have you held?
12 years, technician/workshop controller, Assistant Service Manager and now Holden, Honda & Kia Service Manager.

Who did you previously work for and what was your role there?
Holden dealership in Melbourne where I did my apprenticeship there moved to Gold Coast.

What do you love most about your job?
Every day is different.

Where did you grow up?
Melbourne.

Favourite quote or best piece of advice given to you?
TLC ‘Think Like A Customer’

CALEM BICKERDIKE

SERVICE MANAGER MITSUBISHI, NISSAN & SUBARU - ROBINA

How many years’ experience in the Auto Industry?
17 years

How many years have you worked for von Bibra & what position/s have you held?
5 years technician, workshop controller, assistant service manager

Who did you previously work for and what was your role there?
Owner, Family Mechanical Business

What do you love most about your job?
Every day is different, Facing new challenges, Meeting new people

Where did you grow up?
Ireland

Favourite quote or best piece of advice given to you?
Treat each customer as a family member, who deserves nothing but the best service.

JAY MANLEY

USED SALES MANAGER

How many years’ experience in the Auto Industry?
I have been heavily involved with cars and motorsport for around 10 years.

How many years have you worked for von Bibra & what position/s have you held?
Over two years, I started as a used car sales trainee, Relief Sales Manager, Nissan Sales Manager then moved into role as Used Car Manager.

Who did you previously work for and what was your role there?
I worked around Australia working at various mines doing safety installations.

What do you love most about your job?
There’s always a challenge and no two days are the same.

Where did you grow up?
I was born and raised on the Gold Coast

Favourite quote or best piece of advice given to you?
You gotta jump in to swim.