For Glen Sealey, General Manager for Maserati Australia and New Zealand, cars are written into his DNA. His family owns a Ford dealership in Condobolin, where Glen was born. "I am a third-generation car dealer," he explains.
"My grandfather's name is still on the front of the building. I have been around cars all my life, and you gain an appreciation for them and the business. Sitting down and having dinner, you listen to your parents talk about business itself and its unique aspects. At a young age, you start to soak those things in. The business itself is very exciting. It is a leading indicator in any economy, and it is such a brand-focused industry. The business itself excites me as much as the product."
Following the completion of his university education, Glen started his career with European Automotive Imports parent company Ateco Automotive Pty Ltd as marketing coordinator in 1994. Two years later, Glen joined Hyundai Australia as regional sales manager for southern New South Wales, helping to build the brand locally before expanding his geographical coverage statewide as regional manager for Audi in 1988, a role that encompassed all areas of dealership performance. His first Australia-wide role came in 2002 when he joined Peugeot Automobiles Australia as dealer business manager. "I moved to Peugeot to get things going and we had good success with that. I have good exposure to the bottom, mid and top end of the market.
Glen then joined European Automotive Imports in 2008 as dealer operations manager for Ferrari Australia and New Zealand, an extensive role on both sides of the Tasman that included the management of new and Ferrari-approved used-car sales, dealership sales and management training, vehicle ordering and delivery, pricing and product positioning as well as budget control.