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Craig Smith

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New South Wales
TEC Chair: Chief Executive Program

‘Launching, growing and successfully selling a business over a 28 year period was an extraordinary journey with many learnings, plenty of medals and a few scars!

Joining a TEC group as a member many years ago was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. At the time as a business owner who was enjoying some success I was being confronted with new challenges and opportunities that required big decisions. Decisions that had a significant impact on the business, I had no sounding board that could productively challenge me, and I was accountable only to myself….it was lonely!  I subsequently joined a TEC group. Each month 15 of us, all SME business leaders would meet in a structured format and get to know each other and each other’s businesses. The opportunity to table key issues confidentially with this peer group was extraordinary and often powerful. You are challenged and held accountable to the group and whilst this can sometimes take you outside your comfort zone, I’m convinced it resulted in better decision making. The TEC program was crucial in supporting the long-term success of my business.

I’m delighted to be re-engaging TEC once more as I build my own group as a TEC Chair. I’m looking to bring together energized SME business leaders committed to growth and continuous development and quite simply get more out of life.’

Biography:

Currently a Director at Anjuna an Aviation Solutions Company, servicing airlines and associated businesses.

I have been involved in the travel industry for over 30 years.

In 1988 I launched a startup retail business with two staff and grew the business to 100+ staff with multiple offices.  Grabbing the opportunity I took the company through a merger with a competitor, creating one of Australia’s largest independent Travel Management Companies.

Subsequently taking on an Executive role at Corporate Travel Management (CTM) for a further 8 years.  This created the platform for what was a very successful public float in 2010 and today CTM operates in over 70 countries with a market capitalization of over $3 billion.

Prior to 1988 I gained extensive sales and marketing experience in the FMCG sector.

Professional memberships/Board positions/Associations:

  • Association of Travel Management Companies (ATMC) – President (2005-2016)
  • Australian Federation of Travel Agents (AFTA) – Board Member (2011 – 2015)
  • Scots College Indigenous Program – (2012 – current)
  • Eastern Suburbs Rugby Union Foundation – Board Member (current)

Favourite quote:

Failure is not necessarily a bad thing, it’s a golden opportunity to learn….fear of failure is what will hold you back!!