The AADA convention evolved this year to include an insightful analysis and discussion on the automotive industry’s most important and current topics. Issues that could impact dealers’ businesses that are being thrashed out by the government and the new Australian Automotive Dealers Association include:
- Used Car Import Debate
- New Franchise Code of Conduct due to commence on January 1st, 2015
- Tax System Review underway and in particular the Luxury Car Tax debate
- ASIC Enquiry on Automotive Finance
- Right to Repair debate
The new AADA has a new Board comprised of prominent dealers in our industry including Martin Ward, Hillar Puvi, Lou DiVirgilio, Geoff Pickering, etc. and lead by Patrick Tessier (CEO) and Ian Fields (Chairman). You can read more about these key issues and their current status at www.aada.asn.au.
Other highlights included an opening address by Veronica Johns, President & CEO of Fiat Chrysler Group and the closing address by the Hon. John Howard OM AC SSI. Veronica spoke about the importance of people management and in particular Gen Ys and how Fiat Chrysler Group are successfully getting the most from this group of staff whilst John gave us insights on the current mechanics of politics and his leadership values. Auto-IT showcased a number of our latest mobile apps including our most recent development app – Vehicle Appraiser.
All in all the AADA convention provided a welcome break for delegates to consider how to improve their business instead of being constantly in the daily grind. It also provided debate on key industry issues, time to network and share ideas with other dealers and prominent people in our industry, learn new ideas and re-energise listening to some terrific motivational speakers.
Auto-IT sponsored the AADA convention, including the luncheon on day one, which was held on the Gold Coast at the Royal Pines Resort between the 10th and 12th of July. Special congratulations go to Ernst Lieb from Motorworld Australia, winner of Auto-IT’s GoPro Hero 3+ Black Edition prize giveaway and also to Andrew Soligo from Berwick Mazda, winner of Auto-IT’s Bowers & Wilkins A5 Wireless Music System prize giveaway.
We are looking forward to supporting the AADA Convention in 2015, adding value to the key issues in the industry and certainly encourage dealers to invest in the new Australian Automotive Dealer Association as it works to provide a voice for Automotive Dealers.