Meet the team
We couldn’t devise the most intelligent approach to car ownership without a great team.
When I’m not in the office, I love travelling and getting amongst the great outdoors. My wife and I have hiked on virtually every continent, and we’re working on them all! Highlights have got to be the Tour de Mont Blanc, the GR20 in Corsica and the Torres del Paine W Trek in Paine National Park, Chile.
Crossing epic hikes off the bucket list has taken a bit of a back seat over the last few years, however; with two beautiful daughters both under the age of five, overseas adventures seem to focus more on the availability of a nice pool, a decent kids club and a not-too-adventurous, in-house dining menu. The kids arguably make it even more of an adventure, though (I hear you sniggering!). A good morning run before they wake up now provides me with that endorphin fix before we hit the buffet breakfast.
I drive a Mercedes A250, and I absolutely love it. I purchased it new and got in right at the very beginning of the model lifecycle (I think my vehicle came off the second shipload). This was an important factor as it means that at the end of my three-year lease, there will still be a strong demand for the vehicle in the second-hand market (before the facelift model is released). I will also be able to not only cover the residual with the money I make on resale but make a tidy profit on top of the balloon.
The A250 is a perfect drive for me; I spend two minutes per day driving my daughters to kindy (so I don’t feel too guilty about the reasonably small rear cabin), then I thoroughly enjoy a twenty minute drive through The Royal National Park, followed by the anticlimax of a forty minute snarling crawl to the office (the anticlimax being the drive, not the office). This car was built for winding corners (the Royal) but equally is incredibly comfortable and economical on fuel through the traffic (a quality sound system also assists).
What can I say? I’m in love.
1978 Ford Cortina station wagon. It was a hand me down from my Dad. Light blue in colour with an unsprayed yellow bonnet, the back was regularly filled with surfboards and a mattress for those weekend surf trips. Life was simple back then!
Bundeena to Otford – Royal National Park, NSW. Mid-morning on a Sunday, with the morning sun filtering through the old gum trees, sunroof back, radio off and that smooth tarmac winding road. A stop at the Scarborough Hotel for lunch overlooking the escarpment is a must. The drive takes less than an hour but it’s a classic.
I love the fact that we are offering something that is truly the best in the industry. Autopia has an entrepreneurial, ‘can-do’ spirit which enables me to drive strategy and implement new ideas quickly. Watching these new ideas benefit our clients and the business is something that I find very rewarding. And on top of all of that, I have a great time with my colleagues on a daily basis and we seem to spend a lot of time laughing which keeps me sane!!!