Born into a working class family in Sydney during the Great Depression in Australia, my family knew what it was like to struggle just to survive. Leaving school at 14, I worked pumping petrol and had multiple jobs until I started as an apprentice mechanic. During the early 1960’s, I borrowed money from relatives to start my own Marshall battery business on Parramatta Rd which I later expanded to include a small Chrysler motor dealership. Selling the dealership in the late 1970’s, I eventually relocated to the Gold Coast in the early 1980’s.
Purchasing a Mazda dealership in Southport in 1985 with only 8 staff, I grew the business over the next 32 years to include multiple franchises and established dealerships throughout SEQ & Northern NSW to employ over 750 staff. I could not have achieved this without working 6 1/2 days a week, the wonderful dedicated staff I employed, my son Brett who came to work for me in the early 1990’s and last but not least the residents of the Gold Coast & Northern NSW who supported my dealerships.
Selling my automotive business in June 2017, I decided to set up a Private Ancillary Fund in June 2019 so that my legacy of giving back to the community which provided me with such success would continue long after I’m gone by contributing effective, timely, meaningful financial help to those who through no fault of their own are vulnerable or have slipped through the cracks within our community.