Meet the Bendigo Toyota Team

Senior Management

Dealer Principal

Paul DeAraugo - Dealer Principal

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 Sales Manager

Travis Holt - Sales Manager

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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Business Manager

Leon Franchina - Business Manager

Leon oversees the Dealership's Finance and Insurance Department. 

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New Car Sales Team

New Car Sales Manager

Ben Hogan - New Vehicle Sales Manager

Ben has been part of the Bendigo Toyota team for three years. It’s a long way from his first job at age 13 as a paperboy.

He says the best bit about his job is that he gets to meet new people everyday. Outside of work Ben enjoys going out to eat at delicious restaurants but keeps fit by playing touch football and mountain biking. He enjoys dark chocolate over milk and white, and if given the power to close his eyes and be anywhere on the earth when they opened…he be at the top of the ski slopes in Japan.

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New Car Sales Consultant

Allyson Moore - New Vehicle Sales Consultant

Allyson is part of the furniture around here. She’s clocked up 13 years with Bendigo Toyota and says there’s way too many memorable moments over that time to mention. Her favourite aspect of her job is meeting people. The ever cheeky Al lists her interests outside of work as avoiding baby sitting her grandchildren….but says she does enjoy strolling up and down the picturesque View Street on her days off.

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New Car Sales Consultant

Stephen Florence - New Car Sales Consultant

If a guest brings a dog into the dealership then our resident pooch lover, Stephen, will sniff it out. He says that getting to pat the dogs that come into visit is the favourite aspect of his job. He has clocked up more than four years with Bendigo Toyota and is known to have a stomach of steel. Be that eating three day old pizza or simply downing up to 12 dimmies on Dim Sim days. Steve has recently become a dad, with the best piece of advice he can offer being “baby wipes are the duct tape of parenting…Useful for everything.”

When asked what the WOW Factor Means to you? Stephen responded with….having a little bit of fun along the way.

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New Car Sales Consultant

David Seiler - New Car Sales Consultant

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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New Vehicles - Hayden

Hayden Evans - New Car Sales Consultant

Hayden rounds out our Sales team and joined Bendigo Toyota after many years in the Plumbing industry. He is one of the resident muso’s in the dealership and can often be seen gigging around town with his one-man band. He is a beloved St Kilda supporter and fittingly has shed many tears over the years. His favourite model is a Kluger as it fits all his band equipment and kids, and its comfortable and reliable.

Guest Experience - Lucy Vorbach

Lucy Vorbach - Guest Experience

Lucy is one of the newest members of the Bendigo Toyota team. Our Guest's experience is her number one priority,  whether when enquiring about a product or service, making an all-important purchase or maintaining your vehicles servicing requirements. 

 

Stock Controller/ Government Fleet Sales Consultant

Phil Curtain - Stock Controller

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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Ebony Bice - Receptionist

Ebony is the first friendly face you’ll see when you walk through the front doors at our dealership.  She’s a fan of puppies, baby snuggles and watching TV. Her favourite holiday destination is Thailand, as it’s one of the only places she has visited overseas…but looks forward to more OS adventures in the future. If given the opportunity to max out a credit card at any given shop, it would be King of Rings Tattoo parlour.

Lisa Norris  - Car Care Consultant

Lisa is a familiar smiling face in our dealership but is new to the Car Care role.  She’s been part of our Bendigo Toyota team for the past 7 years. She says celebrating her 21st with the Bendigo Toyota team is her most memorable moment working at Bendigo Toyota…as everyone went out of their way to make it special for her. Lisa claims the best meal she can cook is rosemary roast lamb, and when driving to work will listen to Triple J. The WOW Factor means a lot to many different people, but to Lisa it’s seeing our guests leave the dealership every day feeling happy and satisfied with their new purchases.

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Fleet Department

Fleet Department Fleet Manager

Steve MacCallum - Business Fleet Sales Manager

Steve is the Bendigo Toyota Fleet manager and can often be seen out and about at many businesses around town. He half learnt to play the bagpipes and hopes to be proficient one day…but in the meantime enjoys getting outdoors in his spare time when he can, be that fishing, cycling or riding his motorbike. A keen cook, he lists his signature dish as a camp oven roast or a delicious curry. His favourite Toyota model is the Camry, that is until certain people in the dealership borrow it  and stuff up his excellent fuel economy rating.

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Ben Duncan - Fleet Sales Consultant

Ben is one of the new faces in our Fleet Department. He loves to listen to SEN on the radio and enjoys playing sport when he’s not at work; be that footy, cricket, netball, golf or squash. The best meal Ben can cook is hard shell chicken tacos and if given the task of teaching someone a new skill in 5 minutes…he lists compassion, peace and tranquillity, keyboard shortcuts, chicken tacos, and how to shoot tequilia among the options.

Service Department

Service Department

Joel Booby - Service Advisor

Joel is the newest of the bunch on our service counter, having worked here for around 6 months. He jokes that he shares this job with one in I.T. being his family’s go to tech guru, saying he comes from a big family so it really is like a full-time gig. He skips breakfast of a morning but when it comes to lunch or dinner, says that he has a hard time turning down his favourite fast food, fish & chips. He never leaves home without his phone, wallet and keys and admits his last TV binge was Judge Judy.

Harrison

Harrison Clark – Service Advisor

Harry has worked here for around three years now and could be mistaken for being quiet and unassuming….but don’t let that fool you, stories of his weekend capers suggest otherwise. His first car was a Ford Falcon, his favourite movie is The Last Samurai and favourite chip flavour is chicken. He dislikes staff questionnaires and personal profiles.

Used Car Department

Used Car Sales Consultant

Clinton Hay - Used Car Manager

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 - Used Car Consultant

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 - Used Car Consultant

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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Brad Caine - Used Car Sales Consultant

Brad is another to have returned to the Bendigo Toyota team after stint away. 

Administration

Rhys Crapper – Financial Controller

Rhys is the resident bean counter, who loves heavy metal. He endured over 19 hours in the chair to finish his dream tattoo of a triple headed dragon, covering his back. In his spare time, he can be found hiking local trails and crossbow hunting or partaking in medieval cosplay.

No, no no, just joking. Rhys is the quiet achiever. He’s a top lad that’s a family man and enjoys footy, but severely dislikes profile questionnaires, hence our marketing managers earlier artistic license. He’s been part of the Bendigo Toyota team for over two years now.

Stacie Jones - Admin/Payroll

Stacie Jones

Stacie is our resident plant based, gem, animal expert…nailing all appropriate answers during crossword lunch club. She’s an internal hippy and if given the chance to attend any festival in the world it would be Coachella. Her favourite thing to do on the weekend is sleep. When asked what he favourite conspiracy theory was, she answered “that we didn’t land on the moon….but it’s not even a conspiracy though, it’s a thing.” If she could pick one skill or talent to inherit overnight it would be, to be able to run/be cardio fit. 

Accounts Receivable

Vina Chandler - Administration Officer

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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Kylie

Kylie-Jane McFarlane – Accounts

You’ll find KJ in the Accounts Department/Admin area of Bendigo Toyota. She’s been part of the team for around a year now and says the family feel of the place is the best thing about working here. Rom-Coms are her go to movie genre with plain chips her favourite flavour. KJ lists bike riding along the Great Ocean Road as one of the most adventurous things she’s done but also admits to trawling Pinterest for recipes as one of the nerdiest things she does in her spare time.

Marketing

Marketing Manager

Gabrielle Richards - Marketing Manager

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/Marketing

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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