MEET OUR JUDGES
Your 2019 Business and Tourism Award will be judged by a panel of eight, including the presidents of the chambers of commerce of Hervey Bay, Maryborough and Tiaro, two members of the Board of Fraser Coast Tourism & Events and a Sunshine Coast University senior lecturer in business. Two judges are yet to be appointed.
President, Hervey Bay Chamber of Commerce
Diversity has been a major factor in my career of 30 years and whilst I didn’t originally seek it out, I realised that learning about new things was a key driver of my passion to succeed, so I grasped opportunities to diversify my business experience wherever they arose. That diversification philosophy has seen my career move from accounting to managing retail, distribution, wholesaling and manufacturing businesses, and providing consultancy and business development services to organisations. I am passionate about supporting and achieving economic growth on the Fraser Coast and seeing businesses in the region prosper. Judging for the Fraser Coast Business and Tourism Awards is both a privilege and an honour and I look forward each year to seeing what greatness and diversity in business is in our own backyard.
President, Maryborough Chamber of Commerce
Richard Kingston is a Fraser Coast business owner. His business Hard Rock Quarries Maryborough (HRQ), winner of the 2016 and 2017 Fraser Coast Business and Tourism Awards in the primary industries category, has been trading since 2010 and continues to grow, currently employing 8 staff. Richard was vice-president of the Maryborough Chamber of Commerce for two years and in 2018 became the President. As President Richard’s goals are to demonstrate the champion businesses in our region, showcasing them to a wider audience in order to promote more outside business and industry investment in our area. Since becoming President, Richard and the executive have taken part in a strategic planning day, strarted the Chamber Coffee mornings and become involved in several committees.
President, Tiaro and District Chamber of Commerce
Darryl Stewart was a Burnett Mary River Group Landcare Sector board member for 10 years after 2004 and was chair of the Governance sub-committee and a member of the Executive Committee. He was also president of the Tiaro Landcare Group and a founder and president of the Greater Mary Association. He continues to promote the Great Sandy Biosphere and was involved in its designation by UNESCO. He is a former councillor and Deputy Mayor of Tiaro Shire Council and is currently president of the Tiaro and District Chamber of Commerce. Darryl has had extensive experience in the meat industry where he became NSW State manager for Huttons and he spent almost 20 years running his own primary industry business on the Fraser Coast.
Chair, Fraser Coast Tourism & Events
Greig Bolderrow worked in local media for 45 years before retiring from the position of general manager of Southern Cross Austereo Wide Bay in March 2017. In that time he was heavily involved with the Fraser Coast’s tourism operators and with Fraser Coast Regional Council. He joined Fraser Coast Opportunities as a board member in 2014 and became chairman of Fraser Coast Tourism & Events in July 2016. He is a strong advocate and driver of the Fraser Coast Military Trail.
Board Member, Fraser Coast Tourism & Events
Jill Perry, along with her husband Brian, pioneered the Hervey Bay whale watching industry, operating the first boat on the Australian east coast offering commercial whale watching tours in 1986. She has been involved in the tourism industry on the Fraser Coast for more than 30 years and as well as whale tours has run fishing charters and transfers to Fraser Island. Jill has been an FCTE Board member since September 2016.
Dr Lisa Daniel
Senior Lecturer, USC School of Business
Dr Lisa Daniel is a senior lecturer with the University of the Sunshine Coast Business School on the Fraser Coast campus. Once a plant biotechnologist, Lisa has come full circle and now researches agri-business, regional development, entrepreneurial ecosystems, community sustainability, resilience and capacity building as well as social innovation. Lisa moved to the Fraser Coast in January 2018 year and is loving the unique energy and environment of the bay.