BEV Board

The Business Events Victoria board is made up of industry representatives from across the state. This provides the organisation with a great network of contacts that the team can access to ensure your event is a success.

The board look forward to welcoming your next event in regional Victoria, where people and ideas meet… naturally.

 

Brendan Maher, Albury Entertainment Centre, The Murray

Chairperson

Brendan is the Venue Manager of the Albury Entertainment Centre and holds the position of Chair for Business Events Victoria. Brendan has been a member of BEV for more than 11 years and possesses a breadth of experience and working knowledge in the business events, hospitality and tourism industries. Brendan’s career in the industry spans some 26 years with recent collaborations including involvement with the Albury Wodonga Convention Bureau, Destination Albury Wodonga and visitALBURYWODONGA.com. In 2006 Brendan was a finalist in the Albury Wodonga Local Business Awards for an individual’s contribution to tourism, and the Business Events Hall of Fame.

Mark Day, Business Events Geelong, Greater Geelong and The Bellarine

Deputy Chairperson

Mark began his career in tourism 13 years ago after studying hospitality management at William Angliss. This study led Mark to hold various roles within hotels across Australia and in 2008 Mark returned to Geelong and commenced working for the Mercure Geelong in conferencing and sales.  It was here that Mark found his niche and pursed a career in business development which led to various roles including assisting with the opening of a new hotel in outer Melbourne and working for one our region’s top resorts, Peppers The Sands Resort Torquay.

Most recently Mark assumed the role of Marketing and Communications Officer for the business events unit at Tourism Greater Geelong and The Bellarine but was shortly promoted into the role of Convention Bureau Manager. During Marks time in the position he has led the team to be recognised as Australia’s leading regional convention bureau and was recently awarded with both State and National recognition for the category of ‘Regional Destination Marketing Organisation’ as awarded by Meetings and Events Australia.

Mark is currently undertaking post graduate studies in Marketing at Deakin University and currently holds the position as Deputy Chair on the board of Business Events Victoria, a state funded body responsible for marketing regional Victoria as a premier place to hold a business event.

Julie Jewell, Mildura Rural City Council, Skills Based

Treasurer

Forty years in tourism, qualifications in business management, events, conferencing/business events, heritage trails and industry facilitation.

Julie has worked in the industry contracted to  State Government, operated her own 7 day Tourist Centre, 3 year Project Management of Oasis Country and employed by   Mildura Rural City  since 1997.

Experiences include hosting 15,000 attendees at Air shows to New Years Eve and Olympic Torch Relay celebrations. Recipient of several awards, including Australian Best Regional Event for 2012 with hosting Ulysses AGM attracting 4,500 persons.

Julie is currently an active Business Event Facilitator and Executive member of Business Events Victoria Board.

Nicole Hill, Ramada Phillip Island, Phillip Island

General Committee

Nicole has over 25 years’ of sales and marketing experience in the events, tourism and hotel business.  She is the Senior Sales Manager for Wyndham Hotel Group one of the world’s largest hotel companies.  Currently she has 23 hotels in her Australia, South Pacific and South East Asia portfolio of which Ramada Resort Phillip Island is one of them. This resort is very close to Nicole’s heart as she grew up at Phillip Island and her family still live there.

In 2005 Nicole returned back to Australia from 8 years as an Event Planner in Las Vegas.  Nicole took on a role back at Phillip Island with Phillip Island Nature Parks as the Director of Sales & Marketing. Nicole was very involved in the international incentive events that started at Phillip Island Nature Parks.

A personal move to Geelong saw Nicole take on the role of Director of Sales with Accor’s Mercure Geelong where she worked for more than 2 years before heading to Torquay  as the General Manager at Peppers The Sands Resort Torquay.

Nicole joined the Wyndham Hotel Group back in 2013 and now manages the national sales team.

Nicole has been a  skilled based member of the Surf Coast Tourism Board and on the  International Sub Committee of Destination Phillip Island.

Dean Webster, Surf Coast Hotel, The Great Ocean Road

General Committee

Dean is a co-owner or the Surf Coast Hotel & Conference Centre in Torquay and a former Surf Coast Shire councillor and mayor, where as the councils tourism and events representative, with board tenures on Geelong Otway Tourism and G21 Geelong Region Alliance, worked to promote regional tourism.

Dean is also a director of the Times News Group which publishes the Surf Coast, Bellarine and Armstrong Creek Times.

Chris McClure, Horsham Rural City Council, The Grampians

General Committee

Chris has worked in the tourism industry since 1992.

After leaving a 15 year banking career Chris set up a self contained accommodation business near Dimboola on the edge of the Little Desert National Park.

With Chris at the helm, as Marketing Manager, the business occupancy grew at a rate of 30% each year until it was sold in 2001.

At that time Chris was employed as the Promotions Manager of the Horsham Rural City Council. He is still with the Council as Manager, Tourism and Events.

But Chris hasn’t been able to stay out of the private sector and in 2005 commenced the establishment of Barangaroo Boutique Wines. This vineyard and small winery has a cellar door and produces premium affordable wines. Soon to open is “The Barn” function centre.

At his time with the Horsham Rural City Council Chris has been a Director on the Board of the Regional Victorian Conference Group for 7 years now a Director of Business events Victoria, Treasurer of Grampians Marketing Inc for 5 years, is a member of the Victorian Events Network since 2003 and is a past Director of the Grampians Tourism Board.

Relly Bruce, RACV Cape Schanck, Mornington Peninsula

General Committee

Relly Bruce has been working in the Conference and Events industry for the last 13 years. Born in Melbourne she started her working career at Crown Entertainment Complex as a Croupier. She worked with Crown for 7 years during which time she dealt 7 different table games, worked in both the Mahogany and Crystal rooms, coordinated the poker room and assisted in starting the now famous Australasian Poker Tournaments. Crown sent Relly interstate and overseas to promote and sell their new product at the time called “Rapid Roulette”. This inspired Relly to seek out a sales role when she made the move to the Mornington Peninsula in 2003. Relly currently holds the position of Conference and Events Sales Manager at RACV Cape Schanck Resort.
Prior to this appointment she was working as the Conference and Events Manager for Peppers at their Moonah Links Resort for nine years.

She currently sits on the Steering Committee of Business Events Mornington Peninsula and she joined the Board of Business Events Victoria in October 2014.

Kylie Shorter, RACV Healesville, Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges

General Committee

Kylie has over 25 years experience in the hospitality and corporate market, she has worked in the United States, the United Kingdom  and Australia in senior management roles. She has also been engaged in numerous mentor and training  programs throughout her career.

Currently the Senior Sales Manager at the RACV Healesville Country Club , she enjoys the great outdoors and is passionate about the Yarra Valley and the business events her team deliver.

She resides in Healesville, Yarra Valley, and recently acquired an 19 year old ex racehorse who keeps her busy in her spare time.

John Huber, Mt Buller Alpine Resort, Victoria’s High Country

General Committee

Hailing from Colorado, USA, John Huber has over has over two decades of experience in the hospitality and tourism industry, and has worked across America, Asia and Australia in various executive roles.

John is currently the Chief Executive Officer for Mt Buller and Mt Stirling Resort Management and is responsible for overseeing the operation of two of Australia’s most well known and loved Alpine Resorts. His role sees him working across the winter and summer seasons to drive resort visitation, and enhance the product offering on the mountain. Conferencing and business events play an important role across the seasons.

In addition to his role with Mt Buller Mt Stirling Resort Management, John sits on a number of Board’s including; Tourism North East, Mansfield Mt Buller Tourism Association, Alpine Resorts Coordinating Council, Buller Interschools Association and Buller Arts Association.

Sharon Ho, The Grange Group, Daylesford and Macedon Ranges

General Committee

Terry Karamaloudis, City of Greater Bendigo, The Goldfields

General Committee

Alison Conroy, Destination Gippsland, Gippsland

General Committee

Alison Conroy is the Marketing Manager at Destination Gippsland.

Alison has extensive tourism sales and marketing experience across Australia having worked as Director of Sales for Voyages Hotels and Resorts and Anthology Travel as well as Marketing Manager for Territory Discoveries ( a division of Tourism Northern Territory).

She moved from Sydney to Gippsland in 2015 and recognises that she has landed in singularly the most spectacular part of Australia to find yourself inspired by nature, whether you are visiting the region for business or leisure.  When she’s not promoting the breadth and depth of the Gippsland region, she can be found tending her veggie patch on her hobby farm.