ADAM GORDON | CHAIR
Adam Gordon has been closely involved with Business Excellence Awards for many years. He was a Judge in the Telstra Business Awards in Darwin for 8 years, Judging Coordinator for the Clarence Valley Business Excellence Awards in 2013 & 2014, and has Chaired the CVBEA since 2014.
He has a background in manufacturing, business development and consulting to small and medium businesses.
As Commercial Manager of De Havilland Marine he took part in the negotiation of a major order for light Patrol Boats in South East Asia.
As Marketing Manager – International and Civil for Hawker de Havilland Australia Pty Ltd, Adam bid and negotiated a number of international aerospace manufacturing contracts, including one major contract with a US aircraft manufacturer that ultimately ran for over 20 years.
While Assistant General Manager of an agricultural equipment manufacturer he explored the market for Australian agricultural equipment in Iraq.
He became General Manager – Industrial Development in the Norther Territory Trade Development Corporation in 1983 and promoted industrial development in Darwin throughout Australia and Asia.
Since 1988 Adam has been helping small and medium enterprises (SMEs) years as a business consultant, guiding them back to profitability and growth, finding the profit leaks in their business, and plugging the holes. A key part of that has been helping businesses win tenders and grants.
After running Contact Lens Laboratories as an Engineer in the UK, Germany and Australia for over a decade, Michael moved to IT and Quality management through the hyped Y2K period before transitioning to the fitness industry.
Originally just teaching fitness classes, he also became an Instructor Trainer and Presenter for Les Mills, whilst also commencing his sales and business coaching career with Impact Training Corp. This led to coaching clients in SE Asia, NZ as well as Australia, multiple conference sessions and keynote addresses, served as Chairman of Fitness Australia, running a couple of training colleges, and a group training organisation as well as having his own business.
More recently, he extended his business coaching to the UK and the Middle East, before finding himself back on the tools as an engineer on a large cattle station in the Northern Tablelands of NSW.
He now owns and runs a bicycle store in Yamba, whilst serving in the NSW SES as trainer and assessor.
RENEE MURPHY | MARKETING MANAGER
Appointed in late 2019, Renée is the Marketing Manager for this year’s awards and brings a wealth of skills and experience in sales, marketing and event creation to the Clarence Valley Business Excellence Awards.
Before working on the Awards, Renée was Director of Sales Hospitality in 5 Star Hotels for the past 10 years, most recently for The Star Gold Coast. Here she oversaw 300 Events per year and secured the most prestigious event for the Gold Coast – 'The 60th TV Week Logie Awards'. During this time Renée was also a committee member of the '2018 Commonwealth Games' and was selected on The Star Entertainment Groups – Woman’s Diversity Committee that discovered 'Women in Gaming and Hospitality Australasia'.
Originally from Coffs Harbour, and with her partner’s family from Grafton, she has strong connections with the region.
The Clarence Valley Business Excellence Awards relies upon sponsorship to run the Awards and Renée will be out and about seeking sponsorship over the coming months whilst meeting the local business community in the Valley.
She is passionate about excellence in Business and is looking forward to meeting local business owners as she gets out to talk to them during the 2019 Awards.
Representing the Yamba Chamber of Commerce and is an active member of the Executive team.
Lyn is the new Postal Manager at Grafton Post Office being appointed to the position in August 2017. Lyn has worked for Australia Post since 1978 and this year celebrates her 40th year of employment.
Lyn has been actively engaged in the Rotary Club of Yamba, Light Up the Darkness committee (raising Mental Health Awareness in the Clarence Valley and more recently joined the Grafton Chamber of Commerce.
Lyn loves working and living in the Clarence Valley. Lyn has enjoyed working for Australia Post in various roles since 1978.
Born in the UK, Terry has a First Class Honours Degree in Electrical Engineering and worked as an engineering manager for a number of companies in the UK, before being recruited as a Sales Support Engineer by Northern Telecom Canada.
In August 1990 Terry took up a Senior Engineering position with OTC, Australia’s overseas telecommunications carrier. From 1990 to 2002 Terry worked in a number of senior positions in the telecommunications industry. He made a number of trips overseas representing OTC’s (later Telstra’s) interests in global telecommunications meetings.
In July 2002 Terry and his wife moved into a property in the Clarence Valley. While the intention was to partly retire, in 2004 he took up a position with Optus as a Senior Project Manager, on a weekly commute down to Sydney.
Terry returned to being a full time Clarence Valley resident 2006, and secured a position with Clarence Valley Council as Business Coordinator. This position oversaw the profitable operation of Council’s caravan parks. There were many elements of from his previous jobs that carried forward to Council.
After working 7 years for Council on what was effectively a second career Terry finally retired in 2015. He was a judge for the 2019 awards and is confident that the experience as judge in 2019 combined with his diverse business background will enable him the successfully fulfil the Judge Coordinator role.
Michael Casement is a Barista/ Cafe Manager at ESP Espresso, located in Prince Street, Grafton. After moving to Grafton from the Lower Clarence in 2014, Michael was inspired to do more for the business community.
For the past 5 years, Michael and the team at ESP have been nominated for the Peoples Choice Favourite Business and Employee.
This year, Michael is representing The Grafton Business Chamber of Commerce Executive Team on the CVBEA Committee. Michael put his hand up to get involved with the Awards this year to bring new ideas to the table and a young and fresh outlook.
If you see Michael in the street, say hello, he is always keen to talk business and business awards.