Team Highlights: Meet Michael

Tell us a bit about your role.

I began my tenure at Golf Cars Australia in October 2022, initially joining the team as a salesman. A few months into my role, the opportunity to step up as the Sales Manager presented itself. With my extensive background in the automotive industry, particularly in sales management, transitioning to this new role felt natural. It allowed me to leverage my wealth of experience—humorously referred to as my “grey hair and wrinkles” to guide and mentor our team of three younger sales associates, an aspect of my job that I find particularly fulfilling.

The Sales Manager position is multifaceted and challenging to encapsulate in a single job description. It encompasses various responsibilities from sales and service to paperwork, financial management, stock balancing, order placements, Google reviews, and marketing efforts. Despite its challenges, the role is incredibly rewarding, especially when we see positive results.

What motivated you to join Golf Cars Australia and how has your journey been so far?

My motivation to join Golf Cars Australia stemmed from my 25-year career in the car industry, which involved working many Saturdays. Seeking a more balanced lifestyle, I found the transition to selling golf cars—a product similar in nature but on a smaller scale—to be quite seamless, thanks to the similar processes involved.

What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced and how did you overcome it?

The biggest challenge I’ve faced so far has been mastering the use of a trailer, particularly when navigating it into tight spaces during deliveries to places like apartment complexes and retirement villages. Fortunately, I’ve managed to avoid any mishaps to date.

What are you reading/ watching or listening to at the moment and why do you like it?

As for my current interests, I’m not much of a reader—I find it rather dull. Instead, I’m an avid sports fan, immersing myself in AFL, NBA basketball, cricket, and cycling. I especially enjoy rooting against Collingwood—Go Blues! It’s our year.

If you could travel to one place in the world, where would it be and why?

If I could travel anywhere in the world, I’d choose the UK. I have numerous relatives there whom I’ve never met, as both of my parents hail from England. I’d love the chance to connect with my extended family. Ideally, I’d time my visit around the Tour de France in July to experience the breathtaking landscapes I’ve admired on TV for years. It would be an incredible journey.