Legacy of their par­ents con­tinue for 50 years

Whitsunday Times - - ADVERTISING FEATURE -

IN OC­TO­BER 1964, when Proser­pini­ans Thelma and Bob Filby were ap­proached to take on the Toy­ota com­mer­cial fran­chise, they never en­vi­sioned the deal­er­ship would reach 50 years of business.

The deal­er­ship cur­rently sees all four chil­dren, Robert, Judy, Karen and Brian, in man­ag­ing roles in both Proser­pine and Bowen.

In 1951 founder Robert H.H. [Bob] Filby gave up his sugar farm­ing life and bought a gen­eral car­ry­ing and bus ser­vice which he be­gan trad­ing un­der the name of Filby’s Coaches and Gen­eral Car­ry­ing.

The business con­tin­ued and to­gether with his wife, they joined forces with the Shell Agency, John Deere Trac­tors, Ch­es­ney Car­a­vans and CIG Fran­chise, now trad­ing un­der the name of R.H.H. & T.A Filby to­gether with Filby Coaches.

Cur­rent dealer prin­ci­pal and son Robert Filby re­calls his par­ents’ ar­dour for their work since he was a boy.

Once Thelma and Bob Filby had taken on the fran­chise, they bought the Main Street premises, where the business still op­er­ates from to­day.

In 1973 the trad­ing name changed to Filby’s Mo­tors.

The Toy­ota fran­chise grew rapidly dur­ing the 70’s, which re­sulted in the cou­ple stream­lin­ing their business com­mit­ments by sell­ing all their other in­ter­ests and fo­cus­ing en­tirely on the fran­chise.

Cur­rent gen­eral man­ager and daugh­ter to Bob and Thelma, Karen Filby re­mem­bers their mother’s grace­ful­ness which built the deal­er­ship to what it is to­day.

“Our mother in­stilled gen­uine fam­ily val­ues in all of us and as a fam­ily business that nat­u­rally was re­flected in how they, and later we, ap­proach the business and our cus­tomers,” she said.

All four chil­dren credit their par­ents’ de­ter­mi­na­tion and fam­ily val­ues in reach­ing 50 years of business and are proud to say that the third gen­er­a­tion of Filby’s, Robert’s daugh­ter Melissa and Brian’s son Josh have jumped on board to con­tinue the fam­ily legacy.

HIS­TORIC: Robert, Judy, Karen and Brian Filby in the early days. The Filby clan now all work for Filby's Mo­tors in both Proser­pine and Bowen.

HIS­TORIC: Cur­rent dealer prin­ci­pal Robert Filby, Toy­ota sales rep­re­sen­ta­tive Vic Ryan and pre­vi­ous parts and ser­vice man­ager Bob Spencer.

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