HBCC President - Sandra Holebrook
With over 20 years commercial business experience, Sandra has acquired a wide reaching portfolio of skills and experience forged from holding financial, operational and general management/director roles in a diverse range of sectors including retail, distribution, wholesaling and manufacturing.
With extensive hands on experience in the management of two national retail chains selling recorded music and office products, channel management of PC's and peripherals as well as directors roles and general management positions in cable distribution and contract manufacturing. Sandra is passionate about using her unique skill set in developing, supporting and assisting Hervey Bay's business community to flourish.
Immediate Past President - Tim Powers
A career Banker of 30 years - experience across a number of roles encompassing Retail and Business Banking, HR and People Leadership and both Project and Change Management. Presently Senior Business Banker for NAB for Fraser Coast. Tim moved to Hervey Bay early 2012 after 14 years in Brisbane. HBCC President - 2012/13 - 2013/14 - 2014/15
"In my work I have a passion to help clients succeed in business and this is something that readily relates to the Chamber"
Vice President Membership- Damian Raxach
Damian has many years experience working in Real Estate having started his career in London in 1995. By the year 2000, Damian was an associate director and sales manager of an independent company with three offices and 16 staff.
In 2003 he decided to make a life change and moved to Australia with his wife Denise. After travelling around Australia in a Combi, Damian and Denise settled just north of Brisbane and Damian started working for Harcourts.
In 2007 a move to Hervey Bay saw Damian continue his employment under the Harcourts brand for a further 8 years, during which time he was consistently in the Queensland top 50 and often appearing in the top 20.
In late 2014 he decided to make the break and go out on his own and set up the ONE Agency franchise in Hervey Bay. Nearly three years later he expanded this 'sales only' business with a merger with a well renowned local Property Management company and this fledgling business is making huge waves in the local property scene.
Having lived on the Fraser Coast for nearly 10 years now and raised both his children here, Damian is a passionate advocate of this fantastic area and is driven to see this area flourish.
Secretary - Diane Baek
Diane Baek, is the Principal of DSB Property Management. Diane first started in real estate 10 years ago as a property investor. She holds 3 Diplomas in business administration & management and 6 years ago she became a property manager.
Diane is passionate about hers and local businesses and would like to be part of aiding the community to expand and be a desired location for people to live and bring or open their new businesses. She is an avid believer in supporting the locals, she supports the local football club, surf club and a range of charities.
Treasurer - Kasey Hannant
Councillor - Terry Lynch
Councillor - Ulf Malmros
My name is Ulf Malmros, 63 years of age. Born in Malmö, Sweden. After finishing economics at the University of Lund in Sweden in 1979, I moved to France with my wife Tina. There we lived and worked for 28 years. I was involved in commercial real estate development and management and Tina had a delicatessen in Menton. Three children, Anna (34), Karl (31) and Oscar (28). After visiting Australia in 2001, we decided to experience another challenge. Once the children had finished schools, we finally moved here in 2007. Opened a café on the Esplanade, DeliBay Café, in 2009. Started Bean Beat Espresso Bar in April 2012. Opened a second Bean Beat at the WetSide Waterpark in August 2015. What’s next?
Councillor - Steve Baker
Steve Baker has seen the lows and highs of business in his 35 plus years as a business owner and has worked with in excess of 873 business owners. The early years saw him searching for the "Success Model" which he found by way of his own Business Coach. As he learnt the right way to run his business and his success was evident, he was frequently asked by friends, colleagues and strangers for help with their businesses which he has done with passion and pride since 1998.
He has gone from buying a "job" (a small business) when he found himself out of work to taking it to being judged NUMBER 1 in Australia by his peers. In his long business career, he has also been recognised with numerous awards for Small Business and as a business coach, Steve has been awarded Regional, National & International Awards for his work with his clients.
As far as he is concerned, family comes first, both for himself and his clients. He sees far to many business owners miss out on seeing their children grow up as they are "tied" to the very business that's was meant to provide personal freedom.Over the years Steve has actively been involved in the Scouting movement with his sons, various local advisory boards as well as 7 years as an active Apexian.
Secretariat - Cate Akaveka
Cate is the owner of Mary Ryan's Bookshop and Cafe and has developed this business to become a community meeting point with regular author events, book clubs and a philosophy cafe.
She holds a Bachelor of Social Science (UTS) and Master of Professional Studies (USQ). Prior to entering retail, Cate had a lengthy career in government and community services both in Australia and the Middle East, with a focus on the disability sector.
Cate has a keen interest strengthening links between business and community at a local level.