I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself – I am the new CEO of the Australian Automotive Dealer Association, and I am honoured that the Board has placed its faith in me to lead the AADA secretariat in representing this industry.
Since joining the AADA almost two years ago I have developed an appreciation for the overwhelmingly positive contribution Dealers make in this country.
Dealers generate considerable economic activity and employ tens of thousands of people, including many apprentices; they contribute significantly to our nation’s tax base; they are very generous in their community donations and sponsorship. New car Dealers play an important role in turning over our nation’s vehicle fleet, providing motorists with affordable, safer, cleaner and more efficient vehicles.
The AADA secretariat and I will be constantly promoting these benefits in our interactions with elected officials, government departments, the media and the wider public.
We will also be strongly advocating for policies and laws that enable Dealers to prosper. The absolute priority will be the establishment of an Automotive Code or a specific set of protections for franchised new car Dealers. We hope this will provide a degree of balance to our commercial relationships with manufacturers and bring us into line with international jurisdictions such as the United States.
There are a range of other policy issues the Secretariat will continue to pursue, in the areas of F&I, service and repair regulation, warranty processes, automotive taxation and vehicle technology. I look forward to updating you on these issues as we progress.
I will be trying to meet as many members as possible in our capital cities and regional areas over the coming months. The AADA secretariat and I are here for you, so if you would like to contact us for whatever reason, please do so.
I would like to close by paying a special tribute to the outgoing AADA CEO David Blackhall. David is the chief architect behind the organisation that the AADA is today. He took it from a start-up organisation to a nationally respected industry association that the members can be proud of. David will continue to act as a consultant to the AADA, allowing us to benefit from his immense industry experience.
My approach will be continuity in building on what David achieved and in that spirit of continuity, I wish you Good Luck and Good Selling.