Management Committee Nominees 2017/2018

Glenn Byron 
National Australia Bank

Glenn brings close to 15 years finance experience working in all facets of banking including commercial banking, retail management and agribusiness throughout regional Australia.  Outside of finance he has also worked in a number of small businesses which enables Glenn to bring a strong combination of empathy and reality to his solutions.

Along with his wife and three young daughters, Glenn happily calls Mackay home.

Living in Mackay allows Glenn to devote time to his passions of family, golf and work in this opportunistic local economy.  He also volunteers his time to the local NAB AFL Auskick program.

Proposed: Heather Woods

Seconded: David Whitson

Stacey Cole
helloworld - Mt Pleasant

Born and raised on a cane farm at Eton, Stacey Cole has always been passionate about the Mackay region. A true local Stacey completed her schooling and tertiary studies in Mackay and has strong ties to the local community.  Working in the travel and tourism industry for over 20 years Stacey found her passion in her role at helloworld Travel (formerly Harvey World Travel) where she has been a team member for 16 years, becoming a shareholder in the business in 2013.

Based at Mt Pleasant Shopping Centre, Stacey leads an energetic and dynamic team who are passionate about creating travel dreams for their clients, crafting memorable itineraries for a large repeat client base.  With an obvious passion for travel, Stacey has visited all 7 continents and is now passing on the “travel bug” to her young son who is her faithful sidekick.  helloworld Mackay & Mt Pleasant are two of Australian’s most awarded travel agencies.

During her youth Stacey was an international sporting representative and the dedication that was required to reach this level has been carried through into her professional life.  Stacey has  high standards of her herself and her team and is always looking at ways to improve and grow with a strong focus on customer service excellence.  She is passionate about working on ways to strengthen the amazing Mackay region and see it go from strength to strength.  

Proposed: David Whitson

Seconded: Annabel Dolphin
Victoria Gracie
Opteon Group

Victoria is a shareholder and director of Opteon Property Group Central Queensland. Opteon Property Group is a National Company made up of smaller membership firms. The Central Queensland membership comprises 8 offices spanning north to Bowen and south to Gympie.  

Victoria’s role is to provide property advice, valuations, rental assessments and tax depreciation schedules to her clients on a wide variety of property types, whilst overseeing and assisting in the management of the 8 offices.

Victoria is a born and bred Mackay local and has grown up and completed her Bachelor of Property here at the Central Queensland University. 
Victoria is accredited with memberships at the Valuers Registration Board of Queensland and the Australian Property Institute.  

In 2014 Victoria chaired the National Youth Leadership Team for Opteon, and won the Emerging Professional award at the National Conference in 2015. Victoria in 2015 has also been given the role of Chairing the local Australian Property Institute meetings and will also take part in organising the Mackay Based conference in 2016.

Victoria is dedicated and passionate about the Mackay Community, local business, women in business and young professionals. Victoria is the youngest director in Opteon nationally.

Victoria is a highly results focused professional, who insists on giving all tasks she takes on 100%, she understands the value of time and hardwork.

She feels the region has a lot to offer and growing up in the town has seen it go from strength to strength.

Proposed: Kathy Farren-Price

Seconded: Angela Hurley

Melissa Green
Bank of Queensland Mackay City

Locally born and bred, Melissa Green is passionate about local business as they are the cornerstone and lifeblood of any community.  

In her role at BOQ Mackay City for past 23 years (owner for the past 10 years) she has assisted locals achieve their financial goals, dreams and successes and most importantly has also been there when they have fallen to help them up again.  Melissa has been there so long at BOQ she is now assisting 3 generations of families.   

Melissa has also donated her time in various roles in the community from Blue River Lions to Australian Institute of Management.  She is often found raising money for the Mackay Hospital Foundation and The Mackay Community Foundation as she loves the idea that not only is she helping her local community but the community of her future grandchildren.  

Proposed: Victoria Gracie

Seconded: Andrew Zammit

  Angela Hurley
McKays Solicitors

A “born and bred” Mackay local, Angela has worked in the legal profession for 15 years, both within Australia and internationally.  Angela is an Associate in the Commercial Law Team at McKays, with a focus on assisting clients with their commercial / business, property, estate planning and estate administration needs.  She graduated from the University of Queensland with a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Arts (majoring in Japanese).  

Angela’s family has had strong business ties to the Mackay region for more than 130 years and she is passionate about supporting local businesses and professional activity in the region.

Along with her Mackay Region Chamber of Commerce appointment, Angela volunteers as a Mackay District Law Association Management Committee Member (and current Secretary) and has held voluntary positions on a number of educational committees and boards. 

Angela looks forward to continuing to work with the ‘results-driven’ Mackay Region Chamber of Commerce team.

Proposed: Suzanne Brown
Seconded: Victoria Gracie
  Peter Jones-Trifelly
Frangipani Enterprises

Peter Jones-Trifelly is a current committee member and has served on the committee since 2012. In that time he has served three years as Treasurer and one year as Vice-President.

Peter studied accounting and business management at Brisbane and CQ University in Rockhampton after completing his secondary schooling in Mackay. In 1991 Peter returned to Mackay to manage his family’s commercial laundry business following the sudden death of his father. After seven years Peter moved on and worked in agriculture, and banking before becoming a partner/director in the financial services firm Power 2 in 2006. In 2014 Peter sold his interest in Power 2 to spend some time with his young family and to complete a Masters of Business through University of Southern Queensland. Peter graduated in this course in August 2016. Peter is presently seeking out some new business opportunities.

Peter’s work experience across a broad range of blue collar and professional industries gives him a unique and balance perspective on the challenges of small businesses. Its equipped him with a set of knowledge and skills that allows him to converse and connect with people from all walks of life, from the shed floor to the board rooms of business to the halls of parliament house.

Peter believes strongly in the social and economic contribution made by small business owners  and is passionate about strengthening community and government support for this important and often under recognized section of our community. 

Proposed: Paula Fordyce

Seconded: Peter Miotto


Simon Vigliante
Miles Dolphin Consulting

Having grown up on a cane farm in the Pioneer Valley, and coming from a long line of local business operators, Simon has a passion for the Mackay Region and see’s local business as pivotal to the success of the region.

For over 10 years, Simon has worked with a wide variety of businesses, both interstate and internationally, all requiring a strong committed management accountant to provide guidance and leadership. In particular, Simon has a natural ability to understand the value creation process of a business, innately recognizing that all businesses, from small corner stores to large international Engineering and Construction companies, generate value differently. Simon has worked with a very large cross section of businesses across his career and has taken the time to understand what it is they do, and what makes them unique. 

The ability to understand an organization end to end, understanding its nuance, and tie this in meaningful ways to remain competitive within the market is vital for the overall success of any business. Simon specializes in developing an all-encompassing understanding, operationally and financially, to create holistic strategies and achieve competitive advantages to ensure business success.

Simon understands that good communication and a “want to understand” are vital in getting people to work with you.  From his time spent managing client portfolios within the banking system, through to other roles orchestrating operations, senior management, payroll, treasury, safety and so on, relationship management has been a vital component and fundamental to his method of operating.

Simon is a Certified Practicing Accountant (CPA) and committed to using his ability to be forward thinking, engaging, understanding and communicative to position the Mackay Region for success into the future.

Proposed: Peter Jones-Trifelly

Seconded: Tim Miles

  Dave Whitson 
Whitson Dawson

Dave is a director of Whitson Dawson, a public accounting firm that traces its origins in Mackay back 130 years. He is currently the Vice President on the Mackay Region Chamber of Commerce Committee.

After completing his Commerce Degree at the University of  Queensland in  2000 he then commenced work at Whitson Dawson. He is a Tax Institute Member and Chartered Tax Advisor.  David   obtained  his   qualified  CPA  status  in 2004.  Thereafter he  has  set about building his client base across several different industries including the  sugar industry, mining services, grazing, hospitality, medical services, construction and  retail and
obtained his directorship  at the firm in 2012.   

Dave passionately supports his clients who form the backbone of the local economy.

Proposed: Heather Woods

Seconded: Damien Connors

Heather Woods

Heather is the current President for the Mackay Region Chamber of Commerce Committee.

Heather is a Mackay Local – born and bred! She has run her own business, Zoetic, for the past 8 years and now employs eight staff specialising in providing comprehensive, strategic, financial advice.

Heather’s business was the fastest growing financial advice business, in the Garvan Financial Planning Group in QLD for 2013 and was the third fastest growing 
business in QLD in 2014, in the same category.  In 2015, in Tokyo and again in 2017 in Shanghai, Heather spoke on panel of 3 about delivering financial planning excellence in Australia.

Heather was the 2015 Australian Institute of Management, Mackay Owner Manager of the Year.  Heather is also currently a committee member for the Flagon & Dragon.

Heather is passionate about local business.  She is an innovative thinker who is extremely excited to be a part of the current Management Committee and contribute to the future growth of small business in the region.

Proposed: Damien Connors

Seconded: David Whitson

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