Born in Sri Lanke and educated at Stafford State School and then St Pauls School Bald Hills in Brisbane, Bob first worked in Brisbane as a trainee underwriting officer with MLC Fire and General Insurance Company. However, after 18 months in the position, he decided to leave that company and start a career path in sales when he completed a sales training course with Jonathan Ascot P/L. After completing the course a short time later he was placed with the Express Newspaper (A News Limited Publication) at their Redcliffe branch becoming their youngest sales executive at 19 years of age.
On December 16th 1977 Rupert Murdoch decided to close the Express Group in Queensland and Bob found himself out of work, with no real prospect on the horizon. On visiting one of his clients, Torque Ford, to advise of the closure of the local paper, one of the owners, Bryan Wood, suggested he apply for a Fleet sales position with their Strathpine branch run by Branch Manager, Peter Conder.
On February 16th 1978 Bob started with Torque Ford and gradually built his portfolio of fleet and private clients before being transferred back to their head office at Redcliffe in late 1978. From there his business acumen and experience developed being awarded several prestigious Ford Australia awards for sales. In mid 1980, Torque Ford was struggling financially and local business identity Darrell Butcher was tempted from an early retirement to purchase Torque Ford from Wood and the late Allan Piper.
He took over the business on 16th December 1980. The timing for Butcher was fortunate in that the motor industry market rebounded in early 1990, particularly for Ford with the release of the KA Laser. The market boomed and Bob structured a formidable team around him to take advantage of the market. Sleepy Torque Ford, previously averaging around 40 new cars a month, leapt to national prominence consistently selling nearly 100 new cars a month and becoming a force in the Ford market.
In May 1988 Butcher bought the Toyota franchise for Redcliffe and Bob was charged with relocating it to a site at Kippa-Ring and setting up the sales operations. Business boomed for Bob and Torque Toyota. In 1990, ever on the acquisition trail Butcher took over the business of Lloyd Ford at Strathpine and shortly after Metro Ford in Brisbane. Being responsible for the new car operations, Bob was running 4 dealerships, with a team of over 100 sales and support employees, selling almost 500 new cars per month in a market less conducive to this. Between 1988 and 1998, Torque Ford were awarded 6 National Dealer of the Year awards and Torque Toyota an Outstanding National Dealer Award.
In 1998, after a disagreement with Butcher over the direction of the business, Bob went back to his passion - selling. Back to his fleet clients and personal customers and developed a massive portfolio of customers selling with a single support person, nearly 500 new cars a year for the next two years. In early 2000 looking for the next step in his automotive career, Bob was approached by Paul Norris of the powerful Norris Motor Group to join him in the buyout of Redcliffe Mitsubishi and Suzuki in Anzac Avenue.
From 2000 to the present time, Northstar has continued from strength to strength. In 2003, Chrysler Australia appointed Northstar as their newest Chrysler Jeep dealership, later adding Dodge to the brand line-up. With increasing sales, service and replacement parts sales, the company purchased the present Kippa-Ring site (formerly the Toyota dealership that Bob had run) and relocated the business in late 2007.Northstar Chrysler Jeep Dodge is one of the largest dealers for that brand in Australia, and has been awarded the Chrysler Australia Provincial Dealer of the Year on no less than 4 occasions - consecutively from 2007 to 2010.
Renault was added to the growing Northstar presence in 2005 and Citroen in early 2008. Isuzu Ute approached the company in late 2008 to take on the franchise for North Brisbane.
During the Global Financial Crisis of 2008/09 the directors of Northstar looked closely of all aspects of their business model and regrettably both Citroen and Renault were considered too risky to retain in the business. As volumes of vehicles declined sharply in Australia, these two brands came under immense pressure not only at Northstar but Australia wide.
Accordingly Northstar handed back the franchises in mid 2009.
A few months later, as the crisis started to ease, Northstar was approached by Volkswagen Group Australia to become a Volkswagen passenger and commercial dealer – returning to Redcliffe for the first time since 1982. Volkswagen is in a strong growth phase in Australia and the company was honoured to become their newest franchisee in Australia. A brand new dealership, in fact the first new dealership Bob had been a part of was completed in early 2010.
Bob has a passion for golf, for community enterprise and was a founding director of the Australian Technical College - North Brisbane. He has previously sat on the management committees for the Redcliffe and North Lakes Golf Clubs, achieved his restricted light plane pilot’s license and now enjoys his 2 (Victory Hammer & Ducati Diavel) on weekends.
From a motor industry viewpoint, he is the current chairman of the Suzuki Dealer Advertising Group, Chairman of the Suzuki Northern Region Dealer Council, Queensland delegate for the Chrysler Australia National Dealer Council and sits on the after sales sub-committee for the Mitsubishi Motors Australia National Dealer Council. He's currently studying externally for his MBA (Marketing) at Qld University of Technology and holds a Commissioner for Declarations entitlement again demonstrating his community focus.
Bob is married to Suzi and lives locally at Woody Point. His two daughters, educated locally and at St Rita's College Clayfield, reside in Switzerland and Aspley respectively. Kristin, now 30, moved to Switzerland to work during her gap year, fell in love with the country and married a local businessman. Two grandchildren, Alexandra (6) and Dylan (4) have expanded the Aldons clan internationally. Melinda, now 27, has forged a career with the Queensland Government in the Corrections Department.
Bob Aldons is recognised for his totally committed approach to "hands on" management and total quality customer service. His high personal profile and his passion towards continually striving for excellence at all levels makes him a recognised business person throughout Queensland.