My ambition as a TEC Chair is to build a collegiate forum and challenging environment for regional business leaders to succeed. As a leader in regional areas for over 30 years it is a pleasure to see regional businesses innovate and adapt to produce amazing results.
Jon’s passionate about helping businesses and their leaders grow.
His career has focused on finance, agriculture and tourism but also encompasses experience working as a senior manager with Coles Myer and global consultancy, Accenture. As a leader Jon has built commercial operations that focus on the customer experience and bringing the best available resources to deliver results.
Developing ideas and building on the people resources in organisations has been an integral part in the transformations during Jon’s career. From working on systems that focus on both customers and employees Jon has ensured businesses adapt and thrive with change. The power of employees to harness the direction of a business and focus on customer satisfaction is a pillar for sustainable growth.
Growth from Jon’s successful stewardship was demonstrated by transforming a mutual bank to grow from $700 million in assets to over $2 billion, despite the effects of the 2008 Global Financial Crisis. During his CEO tenure of the Mt Hotham Alpine Resort visitation by grew 29%, through a multiple award-winning marketing strategy that’s provided financial sustainability after a long period of static visitation.
Jon has also been involved in technology start-ups and during the latest COVID pandemic worked with the North East regional bodies to harness retailers to develop e-commerce channels after the 2020 bushfires and COVID lock downs.
As an adamant supporter of regional living, Jon co-founded an environmental philanthropic trust to highlight the needs of preserving our natural resources for future generations particularly after the ongoing bushfires and threats of climate change.
His career highlights include:
- Multiple award-winning marketing strategy for growth at the Mt Hotham Resort as CEO
- Chair of mutual bank which grew from $700m to over $2 billion in assets during GFC
- Regional leader and executive for 25+ years
- Chair of Natural Resources Conservation Trust and Director of the Natural Resources Conservation League
- Fellow of Australian Institute of Company Directors and CPA Australia