Stillwell's genetic fuel injection

The Stillwell family know two things: cars and family business governance. David, who pioneers the third generation, was hooked as soon as he started driving.

Bib Stillwell died suddenly on the Queen’s Birthday weekend in 1999, leaving five shocked and grieving children to take over his car sale and servicing empire before the doors opened on Tuesday morning. Stillwell, one of Australia’s most successful racing drivers, was brought down by a heart attack – rather than a ten-car pile-up – as he was inspecting the refurbishment of one of his dealerships.

As a result of the shock of that first handover not many family businesses take planning and governance more seriously than Stillwell Motor Group does now. In fact, SMG was recently inducted into the Family Business Australia hall of fame.

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