AIMEX Board of Directors and Management
Richard Chapman – President
Richard Chapman has an extensive involvement with the marine industry spanning 35 years. As Managing Director of Coursemaster Autopilots Pty Ltd and HyDrive Engineering Pty Ltd, Mr Chapman has spent many years attending international boat shows focusing on exports. He is an AIMEX founding member and has been on the Board since its establishment.
Matthew Johnston is the Managing Director of Muir Engineering Group Pty Ltd (a founding member of AIMEX and current Vice President). Since his arrival at Muir in 2005 he has been actively involved in all aspects of the business and particularly the exports sales of the business. He works closely with the company’s founder, John Muir and with him, is a regular attendee of many of the overseas boat shows, particularly Monaco Yacht shows and METS. He has an MBA (from Southern Cross University – NSW) and in his spare time he enjoys sailing and boating recreationally which he has been doing all of his life. Muir exports 65% of its total turnover to approx 30-40 countries. The company has won numerous export achievement awards over the years both locally and internationally and prides itself on providing the highest quality products backed by exceptional service at a reasonable price. www.muir.com.au
Stephen Vincent – Treasurer
Long term AIMEX Board Member Stephen Vincent is the current Honorary Treasurer, a Director of Austral Propeller Co. Pty Ltd and Global Sales Manager for Muir. Mr. Vincent has been involved in international boat shows and marine exporting for over 20 years, and has a degree in Commerce. Austral Propellers has been a leading Australian propeller manufacturer and repairer for over 70 years and currently regularly exports to over 30 countries. Austral Propellers is also the Australian, New Zealand and Pacific Island’s distributor of VEEM fully CNC machined propellers.
A founding member of AIMEX and President for a total of seven years, Alistair is the Managing Director of Ronstan International Pty. Ltd, where he has been for 39 years. The company and Mr. Murray have won numerous export achievement awards, with Ronstan exporting 70% of its turnover to 40 countries. Mr. Murray was honoured in 2014 with the First annual United States Sailboat Show Sailing Industry Distinguished Service Award, having spent 6 years of his career working in the USA.www.ronstan.com.au
Barry Jenkins has been associated with the marine industry in Queensland for many years. Barry currently consults to the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show and Yacht & Boat Korea in the area of international relations and product development. Industry involvement includes Past President of Marine Queensland, Past President of the Australian Marine Industries Federation, Founding Chairman of Super Yacht Base Australia and is long-term Director on the AIMEX board. At the Australian Marine Industry Awards 2009 he was presented a Highly Commended Award for Export Industry Champion.
Jeremy Spear has been involved in marine design for over twenty years. He started designing marine interiors for private yachts in London in 1988 and formed Spear Green Design in Sydney in 1991. SGD is a multidisciplinary marine design studio which has produced interiors, styled vessels and managed commercial and private newbuild and refit projects from 30 feet to 30,000 tonnes in over twelve countries. He has also managed business units for other design companies and has designed other transport interiors in Europe. Jeremy holds a degree in Industrial Design and is also qualified in Naval Architecture. www.speargreen.com.au
Alan Steber is the General Manager and Director of Steber International. An original AIMEX Board member and former AIMEX President, Mr Steber recently received a Centenary medal as well as an Industry Achievement award for Outstanding Service to the Marine Industry. Steber International exports to Mauritius, Seychelles, Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Japan, Malaysia, Solomon Islands, Fiji, Papua New Guinea and New Zealand. The company has won numerous Australian Design Awards, Boat of the Year Awards and many Business of the Year Awards. Alan sits on the NSW BIA board and Chairs the Boat Manufacturers Association division of the NSW BIA and is involved with several Maritime committees. www.steber.com.au
An AIMEX member for six years and previous Vice President, Mr Griffin has been actively involved with export and international business development for more than 25 years. Currently employed as the senior General Manager for International Business & Product Development at GME, Mr Griffin has lived and worked in the US, UK, Australia and New Zealand. Prior to joining GME in 1989, Mr Griffin held the position of Regional Director with US biomedical company Cobe Laboratories. He has been a Board Member for five years and qualifications include BSc, MBA and FAICD. www.gme.net.au
Brett Vorhauer is the owner and a Director of Marine Tech Industries Australia. Originating from Taupo NZ, MTIA moved to Australia in 2007 and recently relocated from the Gold Coast to Kilsyth in Victoria. Brett’s original involvement with both the boating industry and AIMEX was through Rae-Line Boat Seats. While no longer the owner of this company, Brett maintained an interest in boating and purchased MTIA in 2001. Keen to grow our export markets, Marine Tech joined AIMEX in 2009 and currently exports to NZ, China and the UK. Brett is also the owner and Managing Director of Rae-Line Pty Ltd, a long term supplier of soft trim products to the heavy transport industry. www.marinetechindustries.com
Murray Owen has been involved in the marine industry for over 35 years. During his school years he was involved in his families fishing trawlers and after school he completed a fitter and turner apprenticeship before gaining his Marine Engineering/Masters ticket. Murray then shifted his career to the luxury yacht building industry where he was engineering and production manager at Lloyds ships. This led him to operations/project manager at Australian Yacht Builder. During this time he was involved in the construction, trials and delivery of many Super Yachts including 192′ Aluminium Ketch. After a stint as a Super Yacht engineer in the USA, Bahamas and Caribbean, Murray returned to Australia where he formed his own company, Marine Engineering Consultants in 1992. His company has achieved local and international recognition and accolades over these years and has completed many new builds and refits during this time.
Carl Amor, Director of Aqualuma LED Lighting was elected to the board in 2012. Keen to develop their global network and export business Aqualuma has been an active member of AIMEX since 2005 Aqualuma is an established marine export business and has had considerable success in combating the challenges of the current economic climate through dedication and drive, implementing innovative business strategies and product diversification. Aqualuma has strong presence in UAE, Asia, USA and Europe and has been a key sponsor of the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. Carl has been self-employed from the age of 21 and is an automotive and marine trimmer by trade. His interests include revolutionizing the LED experience, restoring classic cars, boating and generally having fun. Carl and his brother Grant established Aqualuma in 2004. www.aqualuma.com
MaryAnne Edwards – CEO
Mary Anne Edwards was appointed CEO of the Australian Marine Export group in 2006 and has been instrumental in the growth and success of this organisation which is now seen as one of the most successful and professionally run trade organisations in Australia. In 2009 Maryanne also took over the management of Superyacht Base Australia and was involved in the recent integration of SYBA under the umbrella of AIMEX. This initiative has given the Superyacht sector far more strength and clout within government with AIMEX now seen by the Australian government as the peak body for both the Superyacht and marine export sectors with a combined industry value of well over a billion dollars into the Australian economy. MaryAnne has extensive experience within commercial entities and member based organizations having held CEO and senior management positions in NZ and Australia within the Oil, Automotive, Sports and Entertainment, and Management Consultancy sectors. Mary Anne has an MBA in international marketing, a diploma in hotel management, and post graduate qualifications in Human Resource and Business Management from Victoria University in New Zealand. She has also been involved in major government lobbying campaigns both in NZ and Australia which have resulted in positive outcomes for industry.
Emily joined the AIMEX and Superyacht Australia team in January 2014 after moving to Melbourne from New Zealand, where she graduated from Victoria University of Wellington with a Bachelor of Arts Degree Majoring in Media Studies and Sociology. Her role at AIMEX and Superyacht Australia as Membership and Communications Coordinator is to build on the substantial profile of Superyacht Australia and to service members while promoting Australia’s marine export, superyacht and commercial marine industry’s capabilities domestically and internationally. Emily has been appointed to manage the Queensland cluster. Emily is very familiar with the issues facing the Queensland industry. Emily will be managing members exposure on both the Queensland website and the Superyacht Australia website. Emily is also managing the Superyacht Australia magazine and is working with Maryanne Edwards the CEO in managing the Australian pavilion at key international boat shows.
Lhamo Johnson – Marketing & Administration Coordinator
Lhamo’s focus at AIMEX is to service members while promoting Australia’s marine export, superyacht and commercial marine industry’s capabilities domestically & internationally. Her responsibilities involve supporting the rest of the team, office management, administration support, assisting with the design and delivery of AIMEX marketing collateral, event management support, AIMEX website support and AIMEX publications/sales. Originally from New Zealand she graduated from University of Otago with a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in marketing. Having recently moved to Melbourne from Adelaide where she was working at Boating Industries Alliance Australia providing event support. Lhamo is excited about her new role and she’s looking forward to making a valuable contribution to Australian Marine Export, Superyacht and Commercial Marine sectors.
Suzette Sutton – Commercial Manager
Suzette comes to the AIMEX team after several years at the Gold Coast where the marine industry development was a key focus. With a degree in Business Management from University of Qld, and an extensive history in
managing and building her family businesses, Suzette brings business experience to assist the Commercial Marine Industry. Having worked with AusIndustry at Regional Manager level, and also with Economic Development, a breadth of knowledge across private business, government agencies and entrepreneurship is available to members in her role as Commercial Manager at AIMEX based in Melbourne.