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.


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


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.

Terry Karamaloudis, City of Greater Bendigo, The Goldfields

Deputy Chairperson

Angela Cleland, Mornington Peninsula Tourism, Mornington Peninsula


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.

Danielle Neil, Soverign Hill, Skills Based

General Committee

Faye Hendricksen, Rochford Wines, Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges

General Committee

Kelly McCarthy, Destination Gippsland

General Committee

Kelly McCarthy is the PR & Marketing Executive at Destination Gippsland.

Originally hailing from Gippsland, Kelly completed a Bachelor of Public Relations & Journalism at Deakin University in Geelong. She lived in Melbourne and traveled extensively through Europe, Asia South America, India and Nepal before working for six years in the youth travel industry, as the Business Development Manager for YHA Victoria.

Kelly relocated to Gippsland in 2010 to start a family, and complete a Masters of Marketing at Monash University. Kelly joined the Destination Gippsland team in 2019 where she works with media, collateral, online marketing, consumer shows and representation of business events venues across Gippsland.

Kelly is also member of the Gippsland Business Awards committee. She resides in Mirboo North in the Strzelecki Ranges, and in her spare time she likes to run, play tennis and spend time with her three busy little boys.