Meet the Bendigo Toyota Team

Senior Management

Dealer Principal

Paul DeAraugo

Paul is back on deck around the place. Apart from being our DP, he loves to be the travelling salesman, spending his working life from here to Ivanhoe and everywhere in between.

During his downtime you can often hear him on the guitar gigging at a venue around town and floating between the many events hosted by organisations that Bendigo Toyota support.

He is most proud of "his" veggie garden at the moment and enjoys escaping to his Holiday home in Moulamein when he can.

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General Manager

Andrew Holland

Andy is one of our longest serving soldiers, having started in the car industry back in 1988. He has a science degree but loves a whacky math problem, making him our go to guy for anything graph, angles, chart and/or spreadsheet related.

With an obsecure sense of humour and his dance moves are always on point.

He loves travel, with Hong Kong among his favourite destinations, as he describes it to be like an adult Disneyland.

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General Sales Manager

Travis Holt

The comeback kid. Travis was a member of the team many years ago before leaving to pursue life in real estate but has since returned to the Bendigo Toyota crew.

Lets just say we're pretty flipping excited to have him back in the role of New Car Manager.

He and his family are great entertainers and can throw a wicked party or can often be found court side at the basketball, cheering on the Bendigo Spirit.

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New Car Sales Team

New Car Sales Manager

Ben Hogan

Ben is the latest edition to the Bendigo Toyota team. He enjoys keeping fit and can often be found playing sport in his spare time, be that basketball, golf, mountain biking or touch footy.


His favourite Toyota is a Sahara while his unusual skills include impressive back flips and growing facial hair.

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New Car Sales Consultant

Allyson Moore

Believe it or not, Allyson hates ice-cream, but she is a massive fan of smoked salmon. 

She lists her hidden talent as singing and says Pamela Anderson is the perfect candidate to play her in a movie of her life. 

Her favourite Toyota model is the Corolla but it wasn't her first car, that was Datsun 180B.

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New Car Sales Consultant

Stephen Florence

Stephen's a relatively new face at Bendigo Toyota. He is part of the Bendigo Dragons Gridiron team and enjoys the Star Wars saga.

He has been known to eat 12 dim sims on a Friday while if he was given the choice of any superpower, it would be invisibility.

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New Car Sales Consultant

David Seiler

David loves the smell of fresh baked pies especially during footy season when he's cheering on his beloved Collingwood.

His favourite Toyota model is the Prado, but he's also a huge fan of the air conditioned seats in the new Kluger Grande.

He loves visiting Green's Lake with the kids and his boat.

Make sure to check out his David Seiler Bendigo Toyota Facebook page for a number of entertaining features...including "Dave's Deals" & "60 Seconds with Seiler"

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Business Manager

Leon Franchina

Leon “Fluffy” Franchina is our resident sporting champion….just ask him about it. He is currently the World Champion dart throwing guy, also known as a Bendigo Darts League, Division One champion.

Once a promising AFL draft prospect he has to get his kicks from watching his beloved West Coast Eagles these days.

His hobbies include talking about darts, solving the rubix cube, talking about darts, talking about his promising movie career and eating spaghetti bolognese.

 

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Stock Controller/ Government Fleet Sales Consultant

Phil Curtain

Phil loves the smell of a Sunday roast cooking but wouldn't walk past a BBQ either. Secretly a teenager in an adults body, Phil enjoys X-Box, Star Wars, comic books and fast cars.

His favourite Toyota is the 86 GTS MT with Aero Kit, naturally. He loves spending time with his kids and if given the chance, he'd love to meet Mark Webber.

He thinks Ben Affleck is the perfect person to play him in a movie.

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New Car Sales Team - Stacie Jones

Stacie Jones

Stacie Jones is our Part Time Plugger. After 12 years in the car industry she's done just about every role.

She's currently working in Stock Control and Rego's just a few days a week while spending the other days off being a mum to her cheeky two year old daughter.

Happy to admit that she is a terrible housewife as she cannot cook or clean but can recite the Man from Snowy River and do a mean Elaine dancing impression (from Seinfeld).

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New Car Sales Team - Steve MacCallum Fleet Manager

Steve MacCallum

Steve is the Bendigo Toyota Fleet manager and can often be seen out and about at many businesses around town in his favourite Toyota, the HiLux.

He enjoys getting outdoors in his spare time when he can, be that fishing, cycling or even riding his motorbike.

A keen cook, he lists his signature dish as a camp oven roast or a delicious curry.

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Receptionist

Carlee Hilson

Most people recognise Carlee. She has been a member of the team for 13 years and is the friendly face as you come through the door.

She is a master at remembering faces and names and can often be found out at the Bendigo Harness Racing Club, where her dad is a local trainer and driver.

A bombers supporter, Carlee also loves Mexican Food and the smell of freshly brewed coffee and fresh flowers. Her favourite Toyota model is the Rav4.

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Customer Liaison Manager

Felicity White

Felicity is our GSI manager. She will ensure that you were happy with every aspect of your Bendigo Toyota Expierence.

She is a self confessed clean freak and is organised to a tee. You can often hear music playing from her office and is more than happy to make you a coffee and have a chat when you come to visit Toyota.

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Service Department

Service Advisor

Lisa Norris

Lisa is the resident health nut here at Bendigo Toyota, with an enviable dedication to the gym that puts most of us to shame.

She loves the smell of fresh strawberries with Thai cuisine among her favourite.

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Used Car Department

Used Car Manager

Clinton Hay

Clinton is another to return to the Bendigo Toyota family.

He enjoyed a few years retreat in Warrnambool before rejoining the team in Used Cars. A country boy at heart,

Clinton enjoys anything outdoors and is fan of mountain biking and a Friday meat tray raffle…he also does an excellent (self proclaimed) Frank Sinatra impersonation and loves to travel…with Italy his favourite destination.

 

 

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Used Car Sales Consultant

Jay Hynes

Jay is one of the Used Car Departments big personalities. He loves doing his timesheet each week almost as much as he loves doing deals.

He has a passion for old cars and has recently purchased a rare ke70 panel van Corolla. If you ever wanted to get in Jay's good books, you just need to bring him a block of chocolate.

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Used Car Sales Consultant

Fred Sassmashausan

If your cooking up some Thai grilled prawns make sure you invite Fred…..but as he enjoys the kitchen he might offer to cook them for you himself. 

As a talented musician he can play the blues harmonica and guitar….with Toto and Jimi Hendricks among his inspirations.

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Used Car Sales Consultant

Clinton Hay

Clinton is another to return to the Bendigo Toyota family. He enjoyed a few years retreat in Warrnambool before rejoining the team in Used Cars. .

A country boy at heart, Clinton enjoys anything outdoors and is fan of mountain biking and a Friday meat tray raffle…he also does an excellent (self proclaimed) Frank Sinatra impersonation and loves to travel…with Italy his favourite destination. .

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Support & Administration

Administration Manager

Elaine Scott

Nothing at Bendigo Toyota goes unnoticed by Elaine. She's knows every staff member that works here along with many that have moved on.

She attempts to keep the guys in line at work but doesn't mind letting her hair down in her spare time.

Every week she will head off to the movies with friends and also loves to cook up a Italian storm. As a keen traveller, Elaine lists Ireland as her favourite destination.

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Accounts Receivable

Vina Chandler

What a work horse Vina is. They say no rest for the (not so) wicked. When she is not working her magic in the Admin dept, she can be found cutting wood or carting it off somewhere.

When asked what she likes to do in her downtime, she appropriately exclaimed "SLEEP!"  She loves the smell of freshly baked scones while her favourite ice cream flavour is strawberry.

Vina says the great finance is the best Toyota feature while If allowed to pick one superpower she would go with teleportation.

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Marketing

Marketing Manager

Gabrielle Richards

Gabe leads a double life and has for many years….by day she is a Marketing Manager and by night a professional basketballer. She enjoys organising and hosting events for the Bendigo Toyota Team.

A fantastic cook but don't dare present her with a dirty BBQ or you will suffer the wrath. Her talents are vast and vary from throwing impromptu 90's themed music dance parties to hair braiding, whilst she possesses napping skills so impressive she once fell asleep in an MRI machine.

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HR Manager / Marketing

Sue DeAraugo

HR Manager/Uniform enforcer/Bendigo Spirit board member/ Bendigo Health board member/Marketing guru/Paul's wife/Personal trainer/TFL dealership overlord/Mother/GESS Marketing founding director/self proclaimed handyman/interior decorator/design enthusiast/SPIRIT substitute team manager/Event Co-ordinator/Bus driver/Pork crackling queen/Fishing net girl

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