Auckland dealer icon retires with business sale

Auckland dealer icon retires with business sale

Bob McMillan

Bob McMillan

Well known Auckland dealer Bob McMillan has announced his retirement from the dealer business – selling the remaining stake of his business to his current partner.

The Board of Team McMillan BMW has announced today, that effective June 30, the McMillan family will be selling their 50% share of the business to current co-owner Collins Asset Management. This includes all the franchises McMillan currently controls in central Auckland – BMW, MINI and Rolls Royce.

McMillan stepped aside from running the dealership in 2011, handing over to current managing director Ian Gibson, to focus on his then new Rolls Royce concession.

McMillan says at this time he can retire with pride.

“I’m 72 years old in a couple of months and have been in the motor industry for almost 52 years, and I’m proud to leave with BMW at the peak of achievement in terms of attaining Number One position,” says McMillan.

“I’m planning on enjoying my retirement, starting by indulging in some serious overseas travel with my wife Kerry.”

McMillan’s early career began in the 1960’s with the Ford Motor Company, before returning to take over his father’s Rover franchise, where he picked up a Ford franchise and operated out of Greenlane.
He acquired Johnson BMW in 1985 to start his association with the German brand.

McMillan was also a key player in the introduction of aftermarket warranties in the 1980’s, bringing the idea back from the USA, and joining with fellow dealer Jack Cooper and AutoTalk publisher Vern Whitehead to develop and market the product.

n addition to a lifetime of service in the automotive industry, he has also taken an active role in charity fundraising and community matters.

He was instrumental in the implementation of the Team McMillan ‘Art Bonnet’ fundraisers, an initiative which has raised significant funds for local charities and not-for-profit organisations.

Furthermore, McMillan is a Trustee of the South Auckland Health Foundation and his involvement as part of the group has helped facilitate many positive enhancements and developments for people and patients served by the hospital in the region.

BMW New Zealand has shown its appreciation to McMillan for his service – and responded positively to the change.

“This is a significant change in the ownership of what is Auckland’s largest BMW dealership,” says managing director Nina Englert.

“I am confident that the new structure will continue to build on the achievements realised by Bob McMillan and his team, such as winning ‘BMW Sales Dealer of the Year’ for the past two years running,” Englert says.

“We also look forward to working with Tim Cook and the team at Collins Asset Management to ensure BMW remains the most popular premium automotive brand in the country.”

“From a corporate perspective, BMW is also indebted to Bob,” she explains. We certainly couldn’t have achieved what we have without his dedication and sheer determination to be the most popular premium automotive brand and I would like to wish him all the best.”

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