4th October, 2019 · News

2019 AADA National Dealer Convention
and Expo

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The AADA National Dealer Convention and Expo was another successful event with a high calibre of speakers and presentations.

The event started with the Chairman’s Dinner with former Senator John “Wacka” Williams discussing his efforts to stop parallel imports and advocate for an Automotive Code of Conduct.

John “Wacka” Williams, Terry Keating (Chairman, AADA)

AADA CEO James Voortman opened the Convention with an overview of the work of the secretariat over the past year, including the push of an Automotive Code, promoting the removal of automotive taxes and mitigating the effects of removing the Point of Sale exemption.

James Voortman (CEO, AADA)

Andy Koblenz from NADA travelled all the way from Washington DC and presented consumer research which showed that the disruption we often hear about may be more evolutionary than revolutionary.

Andy Koblenz (EVP Legal & Regulatory Affairs, & General Counsel, NADA)

The Industry Panels on day one discussed the Automotive Code of Conduct and Gender Diversity in the industry.

Gender Diversity – Panellists: Andrea Culligan (Deloitte Private, Panel Host), Rebecca Frizelle (Frizelle Sunshine Automotive), Stefanee Lovett (Nexus APAC), Edwina Gilbert (Philip Gilbert Motor Group). Raelene Murphy (Stillwell Motor Group)


Franchise Code – Panellists: Evan Stents (HWL Ebsworth Lawyers), Maria Townsend (HWL Ebsworth Lawyers), James Sturgess (Macpherson Kelly), James Voortman (AADA, Panel Host)

Day two brought practical Industry Panels which discussed F&I and ROI.

F&I – Panellists: Chris Mandile (Deloitte Motor Industry Services, Panel Host), John Chandler (Toyota Financial Services), Michael Winter (Allianz Australia), Malcolm Tilbrook (Eric Insurance), Peter Jones (Nissan Financial Services)

The workshops were well attended and gave delegates a wealth of information to apply in their businesses.

Dr Richard Harris SC OAM shared his story of rescuing the boys’ Wild Boars’ football team who were trapped deep in the Tham Luang cave and former Governor General Sir Peter Cosgrove AK, MC discussed his decorated career and contributions to Australia.

The event ended with the announcement that next year’s Convention will be held in Sydney from 1-3 September 2020.

Presentations from the Convention are available on the AADA Convention website in the speaker section, under each speaker’s profile.