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.
Vice President Revenue - Adam Vieglas
Adam is the founder of FABsolutions - Finance, Accounting, Business - a local award winning professional services provider. With the vision to assist more people to simplify business and create wealth every year, FAB solutions embodies the passions of Adam in helping the Small to Medium Enterprise (SME) in our region to succeed.
Adam is a registered Finance Broker, Tax Agent and qualified Financial Planner with significant experience in helping business on the Fraser Coast grow and develop. With a passion for both business and the Fraser Coast, Adam supports local charities to ensure our community develops, runs a local bank outlet and enjoys an active role on the Chamber.
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.
Councillor - Bernard Whebell
Bernard worked for three years with the State Government within the Dept. of Employment, Vocational Training and Industrial Relations before commencing with Ulton in 1994. Progressing through the firm to become Manager of the Audit Division in 1999 and then partner in August 2006. Bernard has been on the management committee of the Chamber for 10 years and has held a number of positions including the role of President.
Councillor - Terry Lynch
Councillor - Selena Cartwright
Councillor - 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.
Secretariat - Julie Oud
Julie is a project management specialist and insurance professional with over 30 years’ experience in the insurance and financial services sector, having held key roles in claims management, sales and underwriting, learning and development, change management and major business projects.
Working primarily with senior executives Julie has developed and implemented strategic initiatives including new systems and business processes.
Julie is passionate and committed to business process improvement and aims to balance the needs of all stakeholders in the successful implementation of change.
Julie is also a Director of Fraser Coast Pool Safety Pty Ltd – a locally owned and operated business providing professional pool safety inspections and advice to residents on the Fraser Coast.