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Remembering Ron

It is with great sadness to announce that Ron Hughes, Clayton’s stepfather and co-founder of BCMC passed away last week.

As you may, or may not be aware, Clayton founded the BCMC business together with his stepfather Ron and mother Shirley back in the late eighties.

Back then BCMC was known as the Ballina Motor Village, a used car yard offering quality second hand vehicles, accessories and servicing.  It was not long before the yard had taken in a second hand campervan and it sold straight away. Noticing a gap in the market they sourced some more, which again sold quickly. It was at this time that Ron secured the franchise with Frontline Campervans and began offering Frontline conversions to customers.

Seeing an opportunity in the RV market, Clayton and Ron, a carpenter by trade, started buying buses and fitting them out themselves. These too sold quickly and they realised the need to develop a brand – and this is where Horizon Motorhomes was born.

This example of forward thinking has always been contributory to the company’s successes, and in 1990 Ron was already environmentally conscious, installing filtration equipment into the workshop. Clayton was one of the first people in the industry to recognise the importance of video marketing, and in the early days before the Internet used to record them himself and post to prospective customers. Now, still recognising the importance of digital marketing, Clayton has developed a series of videos that can be seen on the website and social media channels.

Clayton talks fondly of the early days of the business, working with his mother and stepfather and we know that Ron was very proud of how the business grew and where it is today. The businesses (BCMC and Horizon) won 3 awards last year, including Ballina Business of the Year for BCMC, Best Trade Business for Horizon Motorhomes, and most notably, Horizon won the impressive Manufacturer of the Year title.

As a businessman in Ballina, Ron was well known and well liked. He loved a social gathering with his large, blended family and friends and will be missed by many.

Ron leaves behind wife Shirley, daughters Jenny and Gai, stepsons Clayton, Warren and Kent, 8 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.

Rest in peace Ron Hughes

15.10.33 – 19.4.16

Ron Hughes at BCMC, formerly known as Ballina Motor Village

Ron Hughes at BCMC in the early years

Ron Hughes, BCMC Co-founder

Ron with a Frontline vehicle in our earlier years

Ron and Shirley, co-founders of BCMC

Ron and Shirley, co-founders of BCMC

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