Tommy Ericson – Chair
Tommy Ericson is a naval architect, chartered professional engineer and a commercially trained mariner, passionate about the marine industry and Australian manufacturing.
Tommy has spent the past 15 years working in technical, design and senior management roles within the Australian shipbuilding industry. 3 years as the senior naval architect with the state regulatory body, Maritime Safety Queensland, has provided Tommy with a comprehensive understanding and appreciation for the regulatory challenges that faces the marine industry.
In 2014, Tommy founded the Aus Ships Group to provide specialised design, build and maintenance solutions to the commercial, defence and luxury marine sectors. Headquartered at Brisbane’s Rivergate Marina and Shipyard, the business is focussed on delivering high quality design, drafting, survey & maritime consulting combined with practical refit, repair & new construction capability.
Long term AIMEX Board Member Stephen Vincent is the current Honorary Treasurer, a Director of Austral Propeller Co. Pty Ltd. Mr. Vincent has been involved in international boat shows and marine exporting for over 20 years, and has a degree in Commerce. Austral Propellers has been a leading Australian propeller manufacturer and repairer for over 70 years and currently regularly exports to over 30 countries. Austral Propellers is also the Australian, New Zealand and Pacific Island’s distributor of VEEM fully CNC machined propellers.
Jeremy Spear has been involved in marine design for over twenty years. He started designing marine interiors for private yachts in London in 1988 and formed Spear Green Design in Sydney in 1991. SGD is a multidisciplinary marine design studio which has produced interiors, styled vessels and managed commercial and private newbuild and refit projects from 30 feet to 30,000 tonnes in over twelve countries. He has also managed business units for other design companies and has designed other transport interiors in Europe. Jeremy holds a degree in Industrial Design and is also qualified in Naval Architecture. www.speargreen.com.au
Alan Steber is the General Manager and Director of Steber International. An original AIMEX Board member and former AIMEX President, Mr Steber recently received a Centenary medal as well as an Industry Achievement award for Outstanding Service to the Marine Industry. Steber International exports to Mauritius, Seychelles, Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Japan, Malaysia, Solomon Islands, Fiji, Papua New Guinea and New Zealand. The company has won numerous Australian Design Awards, Boat of the Year Awards and many Business of the Year Awards. Alan sits on the NSW BIA board and Chairs the Boat Manufacturers Association division of the NSW BIA and is involved with several Maritime committees. www.steber.com.au
Simon Knight has been involved in the shipbuilding and maintenance industry since 1998. During this time Simon has been involved with the Design, Sales, Project Management and Maintenance of maritime vessels for both the owners and shipbuilders. Simon has been involved with a vast array of vessel types including ferries, cruise boats, tug boats, crew boats, OSV, patrol boats, frigates and yachts.
Since 2011 Simon has been operating Silverstar Marine, a global Marine Project Management company, providing services to clients in the commercial, defence and yacht sectors.
Simon has a Bachelor of Engineering and a Masters of Business Administration from UWA.
Murray Owen has been involved in the marine industry for over 35 years. During his school years he was involved in his families fishing trawlers and after school he completed a fitter and turner apprenticeship before gaining his Marine Engineering/Masters ticket. Murray then shifted his career to the luxury yacht building industry where he was engineering and production manager at Lloyds Ships. This led him to operations / project manager at Australian Yacht Builder. During this time he was involved in the construction, trials and delivery of many Super Yachts including 192’ Aluminium Ketch.
After a stint as an Super Yacht engineer in the USA, Bahamas and Caribbean, Murray returned to Australia where he formed his own company, Marine Engineering Consultants in 1992. His company has achieved local and international recognition and accolades over these years and has completed many new builds and refits during this time.
A BBC (Brisbane Boys College) Old Boy, Andrew has enormous experience in the Marine industry. First started his marine career North Queensland Skippering tourist vessels in the Whitsundays for 8 years and later two years in Cairns. After moving to Western Australia worked as Senior Master with Boat Torque Cruises in Perth. Following a 10 year career there, Andrew took up a position with Austal as the Commissioning Captain and was responsible for sea trials the safe delivery of Austal vessels to new owners around the globe. The role expanded into a position as a Project Manager and later as a Sales Manager for Austal. His career with Austal spanned 15 years and Andrew is now the National Marine Sales Manager with Penske Power Systems. Andrew is responsible for overseeing sales in technologically advanced and well-respected brands in the marine industry such as MTU, Detroit, and Kohler Power Systems. This includes being the sole distributor of MTU engines in Australia and the Asia Pacific region. Based in Perth, Andrew has served on the AIMEX board since 2015.
Steve Fisher manages the International Department at Rivergate Marina and Shipyard in Brisbane, Australia. He graduated in Science from Griffith University (1978) before working in the dredging Industry, the offshore oil and gas Industry and finally the Superyacht Industry. He holds commercial marine qualifications as a Captain and qualifications as a Yacht Master Instructor. Mr Fisher served as an Infantry Officer with the 8th Battalion Royal Australian Regiment. He was the former General Manager at Rivergate retiring in 2011, agreeing in late 2011 to return to Rivergate in his current role. He has held Leadership roles in the Marine Industry for 30 years and been involved in the haul out of over 10,000 vessels.
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Dan Wieland is the General Manager – Business Development with BSE Maritime Solutions.
Dan’s career has seen him hold operational and management roles, initially in the mining industry before moving into oil & gas and now maritime. Dan’s has worked with large multi-national companies such as Hastings Deering, BHP Billiton, Cameron and SMEs alike that provides a breadth of experience.
Dan’s passion for building long term, value based relationships and his drive to provide superior service is evident in the way he engages with all stakeholders.
Dan holds a Bachelor of Business (Major in Marketing and Advertising) from Queensland University of Technology along with an Advanced Diploma of Project Management.
Maryanne Edwards – CEO
Mary Anne Edwards was appointed CEO of the Australian Marine Export group in 2006 and has been instrumental in the growth and success of this organisation which is now seen as one of the most successful and professionally run trade organisations in Australia. In 2009 Maryanne also took over the management of Superyacht Base Australia and was involved in the recent integration of SYBA under the umbrella of AIMEX. This initiative has given the Superyacht sector far more strength and clout within government with AIMEX now seen by the Australian government as the peak body for both the Superyacht and marine export sectors with a combined industry value of well over a billion dollars into the Australian economy. MaryAnne has extensive experience within commercial entities and member based organizations having held CEO and senior management positions in NZ and Australia within the Oil, Automotive, Sports and Entertainment, and Management Consultancy sectors. Mary Anne has an MBA in international marketing, a diploma in hotel management, and post graduate qualifications in Human Resource and Business Management from Victoria University in New Zealand. She has also been involved in major government lobbying campaigns both in NZ and Australia which have resulted in positive outcomes for industry.
Emily Simpson – Membership Services and Communications Coordinator
Emily joined the AIMEX and Superyacht Australia team in January 2014 after moving to Melbourne from New Zealand, where she graduated from Victoria University of Wellington with a Bachelor of Arts Degree Majoring in Media Studies and Sociology. Her role at AIMEX and Superyacht Australia as Membership and Communications Coordinator is to build on the substantial profile of Superyacht Australia and to service members while promoting Australia’s marine export, superyacht and commercial marine industry’s capabilities domestically and internationally. Emily has been appointed to manage the Queensland cluster. Emily is very familiar with the issues facing the Queensland industry. Emily will be managing members exposure on both the Queensland website and the Superyacht Australia website. Emily is also managing the Superyacht Australia magazine and is working with Maryanne Edwards the CEO in managing the Australian pavilion at key international boat shows.
Lhamo Johnson – Marketing and Administration Coordinator
Lhamo’s focus at AIMEX is to ensure a high level of service to member swhile promoting Australia’s marine export, superyacht and commercial marine industry’s capabilities domestically & internationally. Her responsibilities involve supporting the rest of the team, office management, administration support, assisting with the design and delivery of AIMEX marketing collateral, event management support, AIMEX website support and AIMEX publications/sales. Originally from New Zealand she graduated from University of Otago with a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in marketing. Having recently moved to Melbourne from Adelaide where she was working at Boating Industries Alliance Australia providing event support. Lhamo is excited about her new role and she’s looking forward to making a valuable contribution to Australian Marine Export, Superyacht and Commercial Marine sectors.