What did you want to be when you grew up: A comedic radio announcer. Your first job:
After babysitting and working in a clothes shop, I worked for a caterer who put taramasalata in lychees and served them as a canapé (they looked like eyeballs). Your first pay packet: $15.32 for nine hours. Your first break: My job interview for a national corporate traineeship at Southern Pacific Hotel Corporation way back in the 80’s – the national HR manager saw my address on the application, realised I lived around the corner and gave me a lift to head office in York Street. I got the job by the time we were leaving the Harbour Bridge. I do believe you make your own luck. Describe your current role: I have the great pleasure of working with a fabulous team and great products across our portfolio and we are always looking to see how we can do things better – whether it be service, food, drinks, styling, managing relationships or partnerships. The best part of your job: The speed at which you can make things happen – no power point presentations required. The worst: Not enough hours in a day to do all we want to do. Who has inspired you: My mum and anyone who is doing what they love. Your best quality: Passion and humour. Your worst quality: Inability to say no to a glass of wine. Your best achievement: Our children. Where do you want to be in 10 years’ time: I honestly have no idea, I try to live in the moment. Your likes about the MICE industries: It’s exciting and diverse, anything is possible and it’s full of great people. Your dislikes: Liars.
Reno Verikakis has been appointed marketing manager of the Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour. In addition to his hotel based position, Mr Verikakis will also be responsible for the overall marketing strategy for the Sofitel brand in New Zealand, including marketing associated with the openings of the upcoming Sofitel Wellington in 2014 and Sofitel So Auckland in 2015. On his new role, he said: “It’s an exciting time for the Sofitel brand in New Zealand, with the portfolio expanding to four hotels by 2015.”
DARWIN CONVENTION CENTRE
Janet Hamilton has been appointed general manager of the Darwin Convention Centre, replacing Malu Barrios who was recently appointed general manager of the Sydney Exhibition Centre at Glebe Island. Ms Hamilton has served the past four years as the manager of external relations for Energy Resources of Australia (ERA), based in Darwin. Her role included the management of government relations, sponsorships and media issues for the ranger mine. Prior to moving to the Territory, Ms Hamilton had extensive major event and project management experience with the Sydney Olympic Organising Committee, the Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority and Melbourne’s Docklands precinct.
MANTRA FRENCH QUARTER NOOSA
Steve McPharlin has been appointed general manager of the Mantra French Quarter Noosa. As part of Mr McPharlin’s new role, he is also an area manager overseeing Hervey Bay’s Peppers Pier Resort, Mantra Hervey Bay, BreakFree Great Sandy Straits, as well as BreakFree and Mantra Rainbow Shores at Rainbow Beach. Mr McPharlin is the current Tourism Noosa Chairman and owner of renowned Noosaville dining establishment The Boathouse.
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF SALES, VIC
THE ASCOTT LTD
Julie Avotins has been appointed assistant director of sales in Victoria for The Ascott Limited. Based in Melbourne, she will assist the director of sales and marketing, Li Hawkins, with the development and implementation of strategic sales plans for the Australian arm of the Singaporean based serviced residence provider. As part of her new role Ms Avotins will focus on sourcing and developing new business opportunities for The Ascott Limited’s properties in Melbourne, Hobart and Perth.
BDM, NSW & VIC
Richard McKisack has been appointed business development manager, NSW and Victoria for Metro Hotels. In this role Mr McKisack is responsible for building and maintaining the domestic leisure, corporate and government business for Metro Hospitality Group’s network of properties in NSW and Victoria.
METRO HOTEL SYDNEY CENTRAL
Earl Muir has been appointed general manager of Metro Hotel Sydney Central, the group’s flagship property on the corner of Pitt and Hay Streets. In his new role, Mr Muir is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day management of the property, as well as identifying and capitalising on opportunities to grow the hotel’s leisure and corporate business. Prior to taking up this position, Mr Muir was general manager of Metro Hotel Tower Mill Brisbane. m