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, 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, Mildura Rural City and currently employed by  Wentworth Shire Council.

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.

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.

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.

Kim Storey, Destination Phillip Island, Phillip Island

General Committee

Kim has over 15 years experience in regional tourism, owned her own hospitality/accommodation business and worked in many project management roles. Kim is passionate about growing and supporting regional businesses in the visitor economy sector.

Currently the General Manager of the Destination Phillip Island Regional Tourism Board, she enjoys working with the energetic business owners in the region and the diverse range of activities on offer from motorsport to wildlife and nature. She resides on Phillip Island, with her husband and trusty border collie.

Damien Cerantonio, Great Ocean Road Resort, Great Ocean Road

General Committee

Damien Cerantonio is the owner of Great Ocean Road Resort and is also the co-founder of Great Ocean Road Private Luxury Tours. Damien is very passionate about the tourism industry and growing both domestic and international visitation numbers to the regions.

Currently, Damien oversees the day to day operations of Great Ocean Road Resort including 35 accommodation rooms, conference facilities, restaurant, day spa centre, trampoline park and health club.

He resides in Anglesea and is passionate about the spectacular Great Ocean Road region and enjoys keeping fit by playing local football and running and enjoys playing a round of golf.

Stacey Barnes, Southern Grampians Shire Council, The Grampians

General Committee

Stacey completed an Honours degree in English with Creative Writing in her native England, but after much work and travel overseas and gaining further qualifications in Events Management, has found her home in regional Victoria.

As Events Marketing and Development Officer for the Southern Grampians Shire Council, Stacey develops and implements events attraction strategies whilst supporting event organisers to develop and grow their events.

With a background spanning Marketing, Communications, Events and Business Development, she is passionate about improving the reputation of regional Victoria and bringing economic benefits to regional communities.

When she’s not bringing her youthful enthusiasm and passion for all things digital to the team, Stacey loves nothing more than to travel, cook, and run craft workshops around the Greater Hamilton region.

Angela Cleland, Mornington Peninsula Tourism, Mornington Peninsula

General Committee

Kerry Clarke, Daylesford Macedon Ranges Tourism, Daylesford and Macedon Ranges

General Committee

Terry Karamaloudis, City of Greater Bendigo, The Goldfields

General Committee

Niki Donaldson, Mt Buller Resort Management, Victoria's High Country

General Committee

Niki has worked in the tourism and hospitality industry for the last 14 years in various roles across food and beverage, conferencing, weddings and events; and has spent the most part of the last 4 years working with Mt Buller Mt Stirling Resort Management in sales, marketing, media and PR.

Niki is based in the High Country year round and brings a wealth of knowledge and passion for the region. She lives and breathes the outdoors (skiing, mountain biking, trail running and hiking), and enjoys good coffee, food and wine.