Meet the Team

Joel Wright
General Manager - Ashmore

How many years’ experience in the Auto Industry?
25 years in total & first 12 month in service & parts at Tweed Holden.

How many years have you worked for von Bibra & what position/s have you held?
20 years, I have worked as a Sales Consultant & Sales Manager for a variety of manufacturers across 3 locations, Beginning in Tweed then at Ashmore. In 2012 moved into the General Sales Managers role at Helensvale in total for 8 years and returned back to Ashmore as General Sales manager in 2020. After serving under Max Johnson as his "Apprentice" I have now taken on the role as General Manager effective July 2022.

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. Great family business which intern was taken over by another successful business in the name of the von Bibra family.

Where did you grow up?
Locally at Burleigh Heads & born in Southport, so in someway I have always lived & worked in the same area, I'm sure that makes me a true local.

Favourite quote or best piece of advice given to you?
Perfection is the total sum of a lot of small things done very well. Which ties in very well with what my grandfather said to me when I was 8yrs old on the back of his tractor mowing over 15 acres of land. "In life bite off more than you can chew, then chew like hell".

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!

Chris Rockell
General Sales Manager - Ashmore

How many years’ experience in the Auto Industry?
I have had 6 years this November in the industry and all my time with von Bibra.

How many years have you worked for von Bibra & what position/s have you held?
I have been with the company 6 years in November, I started my career in Ashmore Honda after progressing to the Nissan Sales manager for 4 ½ years. Now into General Sales Manager as of 1st July 2022

Who did you previously work for and what was your role there?
I worked for von Bibra Honda Ashmore, being the number 1 salesperson for over a year hitting 20+ sales every month. Then into the Nissan Managers chair consistently being number 1 in the region for 3 years running.

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. The quality of the question will provide you the quality of the answer.

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"

TIM BOWMAN
NISSAN CAR SALES MANAGER - ASHMORE

How many years’ experience in the Auto Industry?
6 ½ years

How many years have you worked for von Bibra & what position/s have you held?
Started with von Bibra Ashmore 6 ½ years ago as a Honda Sales Consultant, then moved Into Relief Sales Manager at Ashmore for 18 months and now into my current role as Nissan Sales Manager.

Who did you previously work for and what was your role there?
I was a competitive skier in NZ and aiming to compete in the World Juniors in 2014 Winter Olympics but had a fall and ended up having surgery. I have also worked in nightclubs and hospitality as a host.

What do you love most about your job?
The people and the culture here!

Where did you grow up?
Timaru, South Island New Zealand

Favourite quote or best piece of advice given to you?
The bad news is, Time flies. The good news is, you’re the pilot

Reece Murphy
Nissan Service Manager - Southport

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, then to my current position of Service Manager at Southport.

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

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’

BRETT DRAMAN
NISSAN CAR SALES MANAGER - ROBINA

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

How many years have you worked for von Bibra & what position/s have you held?
5 years, started in Used cars then moved to Relief Sales Manager role at Ferry Rd before moving to Robina as the Nissan Sales Manager.

Who did you previously work for and what was your role there?
I am a Painter and Decorator by trade and worked in and around Surf Life Saving.

What do you love most about your job?
It constantly challenges me to become better in both my work and personal life.Your result is a reflection of what you are prepared to put in.

Where did you grow up?
The beautiful Cabarita Beach in Northern NSW

Favourite quote or best piece of advice given to you?
TMake sure your own worst enemy doesn't live between your own two ears.