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. As General Manager and Director of Austral Propeller Co. Pty Ltd, Mr. Vincent has been involved in international boat shows and marine exporting for over 15 years, and has a degree in Commerce. Austral Propellers has been a leading Australian propeller manufacturer for over 60 years and currently regularly exports to over 30 countries.
A founding member of AIMEX, Alistair Murray is the Managing Director of Ronstan International Pty Ltd after a 35 year career with the company. Ronstan exports 70% of its total turnover to 40 countries. The company and Mr Murray have won numerous export achievement awards. Mr Murray has worked in the US and has been a long-term AIMEX Board Member holding the role of President for five years from 2007-12. 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.
Victoria Smith – Operations Manager
Victoria began her career with AIMEX in February 2010 as Marketing Coordinator and was promoted to Operations Manager managing the day to day business for AIMEX and Superyacht Australia in mid 2012. In her time with AIMEX Victoria has enjoyed assisting member companies with their marketing endeavors as well as developing solid relationships within the broader marine industry. Joining AIMEX from an Events and Marketing background, Victoria is the key contact for AIMEX special projects, PR and Marketing and is responsible for organising the annual marine industry awards scheme, networking events, the Internationally known ASMEX conference, ongoing seminars and the many AIMEX publications that are distributed globally. Victoria was an integral part of the organisation of the successful 2011 Inwards Media Mission where AIMEX hosted 6 key international journalists throughout Australia, showcasing Australia’s key marine exporters, their skills, expertise and quality workmanship.
Victoria thrives on the busy, innovative working environment the Australian marine export industry provides.
Justyna Wajler – Commercial Manager
In 2008, Justyna graduated with a Major Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting, Marketing & International Business, at the University of Tasmania. She continued her education at the University of Melbourne and graduated with her Honours Degree in 2010. Whilst studying, she gained valuable experiences in financial accounting, tax and payroll through different accounting roles and work placements. She started her role as Finance Administrator at AIMEX in April 2011. She enjoys her role in Accounts, providing support to all members regarding membership fees and ASMEX registrations, as well as the varied ad-hoc tasks that she takes on in Marketing and Administration. She enjoys the AIMEX team culture, the exposure to all aspects of the business and travel to the many National Boat Shows and networking events that are provided for the Australian Marine Industry.