Never underestimate the difference one day can make.

Bailey’s Day is excited to announce it has officially surpassed $3 million in raised funds for the Monash Children’s Cancer Centre.

Now in its 15th consecutive year, Bailey’s Day took place on Tuesday, 4 December, raising $170,200, bringing the total amount raised since the charity’s inception to over $3 million. Money raised has already made it possible to train 17 new paediatric oncologists in Australia, making a world of difference in the fight against children’s cancer.

For the first time, this year’s Bailey’s Day featured a performance starring one of Monash Children’s Cancer Centres patients and her doctor who took the stage to sing The Greatest Showman smash hit “A Million Dreams”. Georgia Russell, a 10-year-old bone cancer survivor who received treatment at the Monash Children’s Hospital and is now in remission, was joined on stage by Dr Yoni Diamond, a Bailey’s Day funded fellow. Georgia and Yoni were accompanied by Australian music icons and industry legends Lisa Edwards, her daughter Madi Edwards-Turner, and Michael Cristiano.

Bailey’s Day is an annual charity luncheon, auction and golf day named after Bailey, the son of Patrick and Kerryn Tessier who tragically passed away of a brain tumour in 2004 at just two- and-a-half years old.

After Bailey lost his battle with cancer in 2004 Patrick Tessier, a successful business man and passionate father, identified a need for greater support for training new medical professionals and established Bailey’s Day to raise much-needed funds for the Monash Children’s Hospital.

While Bailey was undergoing treatment at the Monash Children’s Hospital there was a considerable shortage of paediatric oncologists, with only one, Dr Peter Downie. In high demand, Dr Downie divided his time between Monash Children’s Hospital and the Royal Children’s Hospital, meaning children with cancer only had access to treatment two half-days per week.

Thanks to Bailey’s Day this situation has improved dramatically, with $3 million raised over the past 15 years enabling the training of 17 new paediatric oncologists and making it possible for children to be treated every day of the week.

This year, Bailey’s Day featured a bevy of impressive auction items including six International Holiday packages: – Krabi, New York, Bali, Papua New Guinea, Langkawi and Kuala Lumpur, a Shell Penske Racing Hot Lap, a Mercedes for the weekend, and a private performance by award winning artists and Australian icons Lisa Edwards and Michael Cristiano.

Patrick Tessier says he is proud that Bailey’s legacy is making such a huge impact on the lives of other seriously ill children in Australia and is still shocked that the charity has raised over $3 million.

“I am very proud of Bailey’s Day and extremely grateful for the generosity and support that has allowed us to raise more than $3 million and make a difference in the lives of children just like Bailey.

We started this charity to honour and remember a special little boy that we were lucky enough to call our son, and to be here 15 years later and see first-hand the effect that Bailey’s legacy is having on the lives of children and families across the country is truly incredible” said Tessier.

Dr Peter Downie, Head of the Monash Children’s Hospital Cancer Centre, and the doctor who treated Bailey Tessier, says continued support from charities such as Bailey’s Day provide much- needed funds that allow the creation of new services and provide vital support for the hospital’s young patients.

“Funding from Bailey’s Day has not only been imperative for the Monash Children’s Hospital, but specifically for the thousands of children who receive treatment at the hospital each year.

“Over the last 15 years Bailey’s Day has funded the training of numerous paediatric oncologists in Victoria, helping to ensure that all children suffering from cancer are able to access the very best treatment, no matter their location.

“The contribution Bailey’s Day has made to the medical landscape in Australia is undeniable and we are very proud and grateful to have been able to work with the charity for such a long period of time” said Dr Downie.

Moving forward, Bailey’s Day will continue to raise vital funds in support of the Monash Children’s Hospital, as well as supporting cancer research as they strive towards finding a cure for children’s cancer.

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Winning partnership

The first customers as part of the SNAP21/Holden/CDK partnership agreement are now up and running including the initial training of staff.If your Holden Dealership hasn’t signed-up yet call 1300 880 057 today or email:


“A Million Dreams”

Watch “A Million Dreams” performed by Georgia Russell, a 10-year old bone cancer survivor and Bailey’s Day funded  Dr. Yani Diamond with Aussie music legends Lisa Edwards, her daughter Madi Edwards -Turner and Michael Cristiano here:

Wes Lutz to speak at the AADA Gumtree International Relations Dinner

What are the hot button issues facing the auto industry in 2019 and beyond?

If there’s one thought leader who has his finger on the pulse, it’s Wes Lutz, 2018 NADA Chairman who, in a recent speech to the Automobile Press in Detroit, debunked a number of current myths on ride hailing, self driving cars and EVs.

Wes, together with other international auto luminaries will be a special guest at the AADA Gumtree International Relations Dinner to be held at San Francisco’s renowned Morton’s The Steakhouse.

This will be an unrivalled opportunity for AADA NADA Study Tour delegates to meet and discuss the challenges confronting the automotive business with key international auto chiefs.

The AADA Gumtree International Relations Dinner is just one more reason to join the AADA NADA Study Tour to San Francisco, January 23 – 27, 2019.

And that’s in addition to seeing the best-of-the-best speakers, workshops and 500-plus exhibitors showcasing the most innovative products and services for dealerships.

HURRY! Registrations close 5 December 2018. Call +613 9578 6555 or visit


Why register for the 2019 AADA NADA Study Tour to San Francisco?

Apart from the inspiring keynote speakers, digital automotive merchandising tools and the new NADA Super Session titled: “Disrupting Your Market with Google, Facebook and Twitter”, Australian Auto Dealers and Allied Industry Executives will have exclusive access to a number of special social events.

And one of the most exciting will be spending the day with executives from Cox Automotive exploring ‘Googleplex’ – Google’s amazing Mountain View HQ and campus, then lunching at eBay followed by a visit to one of San Francisco’s leading dealerships.

Cox Automotive is the world’s biggest automotive services company and operator of, the market leading auto classified website exploring.

To stay ahead of the curve and achieve real growth in 2019, register your interest today: call +613 9578 655.

HURRY! Registrations close 5 December 2018 for this ‘must attend’ auto industry Study Tour.

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Going above and beyond

Our latest video for Finmax connected with no less than 838 senior executives searching for the very best financial solutions for their companies on LinkedIn. Watch now:

Winners are grinners!

Congratulations to Laurence O’Toole for winning the prestigious ‘Manny McCarthy Memorial 375mm World Championship Underhand’ competition for the 8th time at this year’s Sydney Royal Easter Show. O’Toole completed the cut in 34.21 seconds. For media or sponsorship enquiries or phone +61 417 163 419.

What a journey!

At a time when change and disruption are the norm, it’s almost unheard of to meet a man who has worked for the same company for 50 years. Alf Buccella is a sales ‘superstar’ with 3 Point Motors in Fairfield, Victoria, and this is his journey, which I was proud to have played a small part in bringing to life. Before heading out, I threw Alf a couple of questions.

Could you give me some background on yourself; where and when you were born, schools attended, parents nationality? I was born in Italy in 1951 and migrated at six years of age with my parents to Australia, settling in Preston.

 When did you become a sales consultant at 3 Point Motors and which jobs did you do along the way? I started, as a motor technician at 16 then became a road tester and service adviser while still an apprentice, then moved into sales in 1980.

What advice would you give someone who is considering an retail automotive career (especially with 3 Point Motors)? 3 Point is a great family business to work for – do it if you enjoy people contact and cars.

In three words what sells cars? Quality, needs and personality.

Do you have clients who have become close friends? Yes, because my work is my life and my life is my work.

What is your “sales” philosophy? Only advise to the benefit of the customer.

What separates you from other sales consultants? Always listen and be sincere.

AFL, cricket or the “world game”? Snow skiing and travel.

What do you like most about working in the retail automotive business – especially at 3 Point Motors? It’s not monotonous, there’s always something happening and I’m always meeting new people.

Are you a “petrol head”? Yes, more so when I was younger.

How old were you when you sold your first car – and do you remember your first customer? I was 29 and sold a silver blue 450SE to an insurance broker. 

Your favourite Mercedes-Benz model is…? C63

What’s the secret to selling cars? Understanding people’s needs.

Favourite travel destination? Europe.

Key achievements? Helping negotiate a major deal with a national company when multiple most dealers were just negotiating on price.

What was your most unforgettable moment since joining 3 Point Motors?  The day I joined 3 Point in February 1967.

What does a typical day look like to you? You can plan your day with appointments but it doesn’t always go to plan – there’s always activity on the showroom floor.

If you weren’t selling the world’s most prestigious brand from one of Australia’s foremost Mercedes-Benz dealerships, you’d be…? Bored!

Most exciting car you’ve ever driven and why? 1956 300SL Gullwing – a true hand full when driving it. Not fast by today’s standards but memorable.

Finance made easy

How many finance brokers do you know that rock up to the office in full leathers on a BMW R1150GS – the same bike made famous by the UK TV presenter and actor Charlie Boorman in his highly successful adventure travel series?

While the choice of commute is a little unorthodox for the Managing Director of one of Australia’s leading equipment finance brokers, his company’s tailored solutions to providing clients with out-of-the-box solutions and stress-free personalised service is what sets Finmax Finance apart from its competitors.

In this interview with Wheel Spin Media, the company’s Managing Director Lawrence Hohnjec reveals what it takes to stay ahead of the curve.

What were you doing before you started Finmax? I started in sales with Xerox Canada then progressed to sales trainer with finance being an additional tool. In 1988 I founded Hampton Group Leasing Inc., which I sold 10 years later and moved my family to Australia. That same year I launched Hampton Group Finance and in 2006 HGF transitioned to Finmax Finance specialising in Equipment Asset and Vehicle Finance.

How did the business come about? I felt there was an opening in the market for a company that could provide a much better service and make it easy to access crucial funding allowing businesses to function at their maximum capacity.

What is your most unforgettable day since starting Finmax? Had many. And they always consist of the day we secure vital funding or make someone’s dream come true, whether it’s a piece of equipment or that new car, the feeling of gratitude and relief of delivering a successful result to a business or family which allows allowing them to fulfil their dreams and passion.

If you weren’t the MD of Finmax you’d be…? Couldn’t imagine being anything else.

In one sentence, describe your key consumer benefit? Simple, personalised service made easy.

Generally speaking, how much can you save a client if they finance through you? If you put it into terms of time and effort spent with the large banks and corporates, almost priceless. 

What does Lawrence Hohnjec do to relax? Ride motorcycles, play with cars, and go boating (POWER boating of course).

What’s the biggest challenge in running a finance company? Compliance, and having to deal with the negativity of the general finance industry’s reputation, being greed and dishonesty.

What’s been the highpoint of Finmax to date? Steering Finmax through the GFC, maintaining 83 percent retention and referral business. In addition having an average 18 percent per annum growth rate since the GFC.

Who inspires you? Anyone and everyone who tries to make their world and the world around them a better place every single day.

Would you encourage your son to follow in your footsteps? I would encourage him to follow his own path first, and then only second if it doesn’t interfere with his first.

Apart from your business what are you passionate about? Homelessness, social justice and global politics.

What have you always aspired to own? A big boat called “HMS Pygmalion “(HMS; Hohnjec’s Main Ship)

Your favourite travel destination is…? Having travelled all over the world, it’s Tasmania for its beauty, simplicity and its purity.

In three words, what sells finance? Making it easy.

Finally, what makes Finmax successful? People – our underwriters, credit and settlement teams, and loyal customers.

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