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Max Johnson

General Manager - Ashmore

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

How many years have you worked for von Bibra & what position/s have you held?
32 years.

8 years - Business Manager
6 years - General Manager (Burnie)
4 years - General Manager (Tasmania)
3 years – General Manager (Tweed)
5 years – General Sales Manager (Southport)
6 years – General Manager

Who did you previously work for and what was your role there?
ANZ Bank 6 years, Four Seasons Hotel chain, Manager 8 years.

What do you love most about your job?
Working with an enthusiastic team of people committed to providing excellent customer service.

Where did you grow up?
Preston Tasmania a little farming community with a population of probably 500 with ¾’s Johnsons. 6 boys and 1 girl guaranteed a “competitive spirit”.

Favourite quote or best piece of advice given to you?
A song I heard when I was a young kid consisted of “Do what you do, do (very) well”, and “I’m a lover not a fighter”.

Joel Wright

General Sales Manager - Ashmore

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

How many years have you worked for von Bibra & what position/s have you held?
18 years, Have worked as a Sales Consultant & Sales Manager for a variety of manufacturers. In 2012 moved into the General Sales Manager at Helensvale and now the General Sales at Ashmore along side Max Johnson.

Who did you previously work for and what was your role there?
Tweed Motors Holden (Previous owners before von Bibra's purchased the business in 2002) Started in parts & service & moved to used car sales where I commenced my cadetship.

Where did you grow up?
Locally at Burleigh Heads.

Favourite quote or best piece of advice given to you?
Perfection is the total sum of a lot of small things done very well.

JACKSON BOT

Honda Sales Manager – Ashmore

How many years’ experience in the Auto Industry?
5 years 2 months, all with the von Bibra family.

How many years have you worked for von Bibra & what position/s have you held?
Starting as a trainee in Used Cars in June 2015. Relief sales manager from September 2018 and Honda Sales Manager from August 2020.

Who did you previously work for and what was your role there?
I worked in the hospitality industry from the age of 12 until I was almost 25. Starting as a trainee chef and working my way up the ranks to Head Chef, through small restaurants, 4.5 years with the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Center, and aproximately 6 years in 5 star Hotels.

What do you love most about your job?
Meeting new people every day, hearing their stories, helping them find their new car and the excitement on their faces when they collect their new car! It's a job full of new challenges every day, challenges that help you grow and develop both personally and professionally.

Where did you grow up?
I was born in Dandenong, Victoria but I grew up here on the Gold Coast.

Favourite quote or best piece of advice given to you?
Don't be busy, be productive.
Do or do not. There is no try - Yoda

Chris Rockell

Nissan Sales Manager

How many years’ experience in the Auto Industry?
I have had no experience in the auto industry at all before coming here just love helping and meeting new people.

How many years have you worked for von Bibra & what position/s have you held?
I have been with the company 2 years this November

Who did you previously work for and what was your role there?
I worked for von Bibra Honda, being the number 1 salesperson for over a year hitting 20+ sales every month.

What do you love most about your job?
I love that I can provide my family a better opportunity in life and bright future with my hard work, love helping my team/ friends achieve an amazing result so they can achieve their dreams!!

Where did you grow up?
I grew up in Cornwall, UK

Favourite quote or best piece of advice given to you?
Best quote would have to be from my grandad, to achieve anything in life Chris he said remember the 6 P’s prior preparation prevents, piss, poor, performance

Reece Murphy

Nissan Service Manager - Ashmore

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

How many years have you worked for von Bibra & what position/s have you held?
I started as an Apprentice mechanic, became a Technician and GTR High performance technician then moved into a Service Advisor role, thenH to my current position of Service Manager at Ashmore.

Who did you previously work for and what was your role there?
Apprentice mechanic in small automotive shop

What do you love most about your job?
Overcoming the day to day challenges

Where did you grow up?
Canberra/Gold coast

Favourite quote or best piece of advice given to you?
Carpe diem

Drew Conway

Honda Service Manager - Ashmore

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?
8 years with von Bibra, firstly as the Helensvale Service Manager transferred to Ferry Rd in the Service Manager Now Southport Honda and loving every minute.

Who did you previously work for and what was your role there?
I worked with Zupps as a Technician & service Advisors & with AHG as Fixed operations manager

What do you love most about your job?
The people! Working together improving daily and having fun while doing it.

Where did you grow up?
Port Macquarie NSW.

Favourite quote or best piece of advice given to you?
“The way we communicate with others & with ourselves ultimately determines the quality of our lives”

Liam Stacey

Holden and Used Car Sales manager - Ashmore

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

How many years have you worked for von Bibra & what position/s have you held?
3 years. Trainee, Used Vehicle Sales Consultant and now Nissan Sales Manager at Robina and now Used Car Sales Manager at Southport.

Liam commenced as a Sales Trainee at the Robina dealership on the 20th May 2013 and later promoted to Sales Manager in April 2015. Liam has left the Team at Robina to take up the Used Car Sales Manager’s position from Chris Moffitt at the Ashmore Dealership.

Who did you previously work for and what was your role there?
Movie World - Character and Fight performer.

What do you love most about your job?
Being challenged every day and helping people find new vehicles.

Where did you grow up?
Gold Coast.

Favourite quote or best piece of advice given to you?
If it is to be it's up to me / Do the hard things first.