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

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.

Damien Cerantonio, Great Ocean Road Resort, Great Ocean Road

Deputy Chairperson

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.

Angela Cleland, Mornington Peninsula Tourism, Mornington Peninsula

Treasurer

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.

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

With over 15 years of industry experience, Danielle’s specialty lies in B2B sales and marketing of events in the domestic and international MICE and private markets as well as in developing and maintaining corporate partnerships and sponsorships. Having worked across the corporate, not-for-profit, hospitality and tourism industries, Danielle’s experience is as diverse as it is extensive.

Danielle’s skills include sales & marketing, event management, strategic planning, project management, product development and lead acquisition.

Her current role sees Danielle responsible for the marketing and sales of corporate, incentive group and private conferences and events for both the Sovereign Hill Museum and Sovereign Hill’s pastoral property and function venue, Narmbool.

Faye Hendricksen, Rochford Wines, Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges

General Committee

Faye has extensive experience within the Victorian tourism industry in both domestic and international markets, and is passionate about business events.

At Rochford Wines, Faye delivers outstanding events to the corporate sector, including team building, development of incentive products and conferencing that delivers positive results for the entire Yarra Valley region.

Faye’s goal is to continually better her industry knowledge in order to achieve viable and sustainable results

Kelly McCarthy, Destination Gippsland, 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.

Anthony Nicolaci, Greater Shepparton City Council, The Murray

General Committee

Anthony is the Manager of Economic Development with the Greater Shepparton City Council where he leads a team which includes the Tourism and Major Events portfolio, and oversees a diverse visitor economy program that includes destination marketing, visitor servicing, visitor experience, tourism development and projects, cbd revitalisation, international relations, business and industry attraction, event venues, event acquisitions, major events and business events.

During his tenure at Greater Shepparton City Council he has driven the strategic direction of the region helping transform the visitor economy program which now has an enviable major events calendar with a plethora of state, national and international events and an ever increasing visitor footprint with over of 1 million visitors annually generating $170 million into the economy and helping to position Greater Shepparton as a leading regional destination.

Anthony’s employment with Greater Shepparton City Council spans for over a decade featuring various roles including tourism, marketing, major events, business events, sport and recreation. Prior to this he had event roles at Racing Victoria and Essendon Football Club.

He has a double degree in arts and business with majors in events and marketing and has a real passion for events in regional Victoria.

Mandy Grant, Mercure Ballarat, The Goldfields

General Committee

My role at Mercure Hotel Ballarat and Convention Centre as the Sales Manager. In this role l work closely with prospective clients, ongoing clients, as well as developing new business for accommodation, conferences, dinners, charity balls and weddings. In Ballarat I working closely with the Board and Chair of Ballarat Regional Tourism and the City of Ballarat tourism team to bring Conference and Events to the region.

I am currently on the committee for Connect Networking Ballarat which is association of office professional for the Committee for Ballarat members organisations.

As a part of my development, I have undertaken the Leadership Ballarat and Western Region, the program will help me to broaden my understanding of the issues in the community, tourism and to achieve positive change to leadership in my workplace. It has shown me valuable skills to lead effectively. When you are surrounded with other leaders from various business fields it has helped me make sense of the often-conflicting ideas and gain more knowledge of goldfields region.