AIMEX Board of Directors and Management
Richard Chapman – President
Richard Chapman has an extensive involvement with the marine industry spanning over 40 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 director and has been on the AIMEX board since its establishment. He is currently Commodore of the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron where he has been a director for 20 years.
Stephen Vincent – Treasurer
Long term AIMEX Board Member Stephen Vincent is the current Honorary Treasurer and a Director of Austral Propeller Co. Pty Ltd. Mr. Vincent has been involved in international boat shows and marine exporting for over 25 years, and has a degree in Commerce. Stephen is also a BIA (NSW) Hall of Fame award recipient. Austral Propellers has been a leading Australian propeller manufacturer and repairer for over 75 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.
Mary Anne Edwards was CEO of the Australian Marine Export group for 12 years and was 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.
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
Peter Dowdney has had over 30 years experience in the marine industry with the past 23 years being spent in various sales and management roles with Ronstan International. Peter has worked closely with retired AIMEX board member Alistair Murray for the past 20 years and has participated in many major international boat shows, trade missions and marine industry events both within Australia and abroad. He is an active member of the Australian Marine industry having previously held a board position with the BIA of QLD. He is a passionate sailor with extensive sailing experience in everything from off-the-beach dinghies to the America’s Cup. He has managed and participated in numerous International Sailing Summits over the past decade and continues to promote the sport of sailing at every possible opportunity. His current goal is to expand Ronstan’s business base throughout Asia, with a particular focus on the rapidly growing sailing market in China.
A long standing AIMEX supporter, board member for 15 years including two terms as Vice President, Mr Griffin has been actively involved with export and international business development for more than 30 years. Currently engaged as a Commercial Consultant to GME, Australia’s largest marine electronics manufacturer. 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. Qualifications include BSc, MBA and FAICD. www.gme.net.au
Barry Jenkins has been associated with the marine industry in Australia for many years. He currently consults to the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show in the area of Government Industry and International Relations and has an association with Korea International Boat Show. Industry involvement includes Past President of the Boating Industry Association of Queensland/Marine Queensland, Past President of the Australian Marine Industries Federation and Founding Chairman of Super Yacht Base Australia now SuperYacht Australia. He is a long time Director of AIMEX, Chairman of the AIMEX SuperYacht Australia Division and is a Life Member of the Boating Industry Association. At the Australian Marine Industry Awards in 2009 he was presented a Highly Commended Award for Export Industry Champion. www.sanctuarycoveboatshow.com.au
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.
Jeremy Spear has been involved in marine design for over twenty five years. He started designing marine interiors for private yachts in London and then formed award winning marine design consultancy Spear Green Design in Sydney in 1991. SGD is a multidisciplinary marine design studio which has produced specialised interiors, styled vessels and managed many commercial and private newbuild and refit projects from 30 feet to 30,000 tonnes in over twenty five countries. He has previously managed business units for other design companies and has designed other significant 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 recently won the Commercial Manufacturer of the year award and the Commercial Industry Champion of the year at the Australian Superyacht, Marine Export & Commercial Marine Industry awards. Alan is also on several Maritime committees further supporting the industry. www.steber.com.au