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 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.

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.

Kerry Clarke, Daylesford Macedon Ranges Tourism, 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.

Kim Storey, Destination Phillip Island, Phillip Island

General Committee

Alison Cleland, Mornington Peninsula Tourism, Mornington Peninsula

General Committee

Damien Cerantonio, Great Ocean Road Resort, Great Ocean Road

General Committee