Our Committee Members
Our 2019 committee members are:
President | Gary Gersbach
Gary first visited the Tuncurry before the Bridge was completed and used the ferry launch to visit Forster.
Following a successful career in steelmaking and mining as a Metallurgical Engineer throughout Australia and overseas, he achieved his lifetime ambition by settling in Forster in 1989. Thereafter he owned businesses within the building industry before managing real estate properties until 2016.
He has extensive experience managing operations, production and personnel in small and large companies, which has benefited the ongoing business performance of the Forster Tuncurry Business Chamber.
Vice President | Michael Pring
Michael is a Development Director with Landcom and has spent over 40 years in the property industry. After 20 years in the valuation profession Michael turned his hand to property development and has managed the delivery of several award winning residential and mixed use projects in south west Sydney.
Michael moved to Forster in 2011 to facilitate the rezoning of the North Tuncurry development. During his leisure time he can be found on the golf course or the beautiful waters of Wallis Lake chasing fish.
Treasurer | Graham Robertson
Graham is a business owner with over 35 years’ experience as an accountant and business advisor. He has performed various roles as the Chief Financial Officer and Accountant for small, medium and large sized organisations in both the public and private sectors.
Having a strong business interest in using cloud technology and related apps Graham is well qualified and experienced in understanding the pain points of a business and subsequently implementing solutions for business development.
He enjoys playing golf, sport in general, travel and exploring the varied areas of the Barrington Coast.
Secretary | Maxine Calladine
Maxine recently retired to the mid coast after a long career, across many sectors, as a Health Care professional.
Although Maxine resided in Sydney for decades and finished her working career in Melbourne, she grew up on a rural sheep and cattle property, in the Upper Hunter, and now feels like she’s ‘come home’ by moving back to a regional area.
Maxine is passionate about contributing to and being involved in the local community. On any given day she can be found collaborating with local business owners, or welcoming family, friends and strangers to the stunningly beautiful Barrington Coast.
Public Officer | Jenny Rodick
Jenny, together with husband Jeff, is the owner of Lumpy's Nursery & Landscape Yard which was established in 2003. Jenny has experience in residential real estate, corporate real estate, physical security and safety.
Jenny enjoys interaction with customers and together with her team, strives for excellence in customer service.
Jenny also is a strong believer in "shopping local". Shopping local not only supports local businesses it also helps the local community which is one of the main aims of the Forster Tuncurry Business Chamber.
Geoff has had a varied career including working as a lineman, a contracted courier, managing a Mini Mart and owning a kitchen retail showroom in Bowral prior to retiring in 2013.
From 2001 to 2014 Geoff was involved in the Chamber of Commerce in both Mass Vale and Bowral where he was the president of each chamber at different times. Geoff was also a judge for their local business awards in 2014.
Having firsthand experience of a work place fatality, Geoff is passionate about work place safety and is open to sharing his learnings from this experience in the hope it may save a local business or employee having to go through the process.
Megan has always loved communicating. As a young girl, she'd often get into trouble for talking too much in class. As a marketing consultant, she'd assist organisations with their communication and engagement strategies. And today, she is the co-owner and Director of The Resolution Network and helps people to work through tough situations and better manage change in their workplace or family lives as a mediator, facilitator and coach.
While Megan grew up in Sydney, her family has owned property and holidayed in Old Bar for three generations. Megan is excited by the beauty and the potential of the mid coast and is an active champion for the local area.
Anthony has spent nearly 18 years in all aspects of the automotive and sales field. From installer to Dealer Principal, followed by store manager to Franchise Support Manager, and then he became the state sales manager for a leading wheel and tyre wholesaler.
Anthony has specialised In automotive franchising for the last 7 years, developing and coaching many franchisees writing brands such as Bridgestone, Bob Jane T-Mart's and JAX Tyres at a head office level.
Anthony moved to Forster with his wife & three young boys in mid 2018, taking the plunge into owning their own franchise.
Anthony joined the Forster Tuncurry Business Chamber, to meet new people, make local contacts and contribute toward growing and developing the local business community.
El is a Project & Partnership Manager with a wealth of experience in sponsorship, collaborative partnerships, publishing and event management. She is dedicated to working with the tourism industry and supporting growth in the local economy.
Her current projects include publishing the Barrington Coast, Home of Holidays annual tourism and lifestyle publication, running an online holiday booking portal and a new event function venue while overseeing the management of and renovations to Blueys Motel.
Prior to relocating to The Palms in 2018, her more recent roles include Brand Manager for Australian Geographic and Adventure publications at Bauer Media for 5 years.
Jeanene has an extensive career as a rural journalist in NSW, SA and Victoria and is currently a journalist at the Great Lakes Advocate.
Before settling in Forster in 2016 Jeanene owned and operated a seven-day-week FoodWorks supermarket with her late husband in Urunga. At the same time, she worked part-time at the Guardian News, Nambucca Heads.
While managing and editing a newspaper in the Riverina, Jeanne was introduced to the benefits of a Chamber of Commerce, which led her to assuming the role of secretary with both Urunga and Jerilderie chambers.