About

About
About 2018-05-21T15:55:30+00:00

Building a Stronger Wodonga Together

Business Wodonga is North East Victoria’s premier business networking, support and representation organisation. With a strong membership base, well established networks across all sectors and a fresh new brand, Business Wodonga is working hard for business growth in Wodonga and the wider region in a variety of ways. Let’s build a #strongerwodonga together.

Building a stronger Wodonga involves our business community and leaders working together with Business Wodonga to achieve the best for our growing city. Business Wodonga works with large organisations like the City of Wodonga, the Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Development Victoria to connect businesses, develop businesses and to showcase what Wodonga has to offer to the greater population.

Here at Business Wodonga we are responsive and keen to assist businesses with their needs.

We are passionate about helping business with business. Let us help you move forward in business.

MEET OUR OPERATIONS TEAM

Neil Aird
Neil AirdCEO Business Wodonga
In my role I work across the local business community representing our members and promoting our region as a great place to do business. I work closely with the Business Wodonga Leadership Team to set our strategic direction and then develop plans to implement our strategy with Tara and Sophia. I bring experience over many years of numerous business sectors, especially in relation to education and its vital role in professional development and business growth.

My vision is for Wodonga to be a vibrant driver in economic development in North East Victoria and a great place to do business and live.

I enjoy spending time with family especially the grandchildren, walking, reading, listening to music and travelling.

Sophia Feeney-Nesire
Sophia Feeney-NesireAdministration Officer Business Wodonga
I bring a friendly and professional attitude to the front of house at Business Wodonga. I love engaging with our members and pointing them in the right direction with all their inquiries.

My vision for Wodonga and surrounds is of a great place to live and work, somewhere people come for a great lifestyle and escape the city bustle.

My interests are good food, enjoying all the offerings of summer, and socialising with friends especially at the SS&A Club.

Tara Leach
Tara LeachMembership Manager Business Wodonga
As the Membership Manager I pride myself on providing our members with a friendly, helpful and consistent point of contact. I work with our members to ensure they are taking up the many benefits of their membership and making strong connections with other members and the broader community.

I have a passionate vision for Wodonga and our region. I want to see it as one of the most thriving hubs in Australia where businesses are keen to establish and grow.

My interests are Travelling, Paddle Boarding, Snowboarding and having a good read.

MEET OUR LEADERSHIP TEAM

Graham Jenkin
Graham JenkinPresident
Generations Personal & Professional Advice

I am Co-Principal of Generations Personal & Professional Advice, a financial planning practice with clients whom are predominantly self-employed. I specialise in business succession planning and protection, to ensure that families are not left in economic ruin should death, serious illness or injury interrupt business activities and success.

I have a passion for small business and enjoy being part of helping small business prosper and grow. I am a people person and a good listener with the ability to also share and develop ideas.

Having lived in the area since 2006, I have fallen in love with Wodonga and have enormous pride in its development into a prosperous and exciting city, that still retains its country town friendliness and character.

I believe that Business Wodonga can help Wodonga grow into an even stronger Wodonga by building on member inter-relationships and getting more members doing more business with fellow members.

I’m passionate about the Essendon Football Club, enjoy socialising (those who know me half well realise that!) and fresh air. I have also been an active Lions Club member for over 25 years.

Natalie Owens
Natalie OwensVice President
BMG Partners
I am a Director of BMG Partners – ‘Enabling people to achieve’.

I provide a strategic perspective on the issues facing Business Wodonga as an organisation and businesses in general. This comes about from many years as a public practice accountant, talking and dealing with business owners daily as well as being a business owner in my own right.

My vision: Business Wodonga is the membership every business needs to stay connected and relevant. Being in business is challenging and the environment is constantly changing. Every resource we can get as business owners to help us succeed is an advantage.

Outside of my professional roles, I enjoy spending time with my young family, regular gym sessions, walks around our beautiful parks, a good book and a quality glass of wine.

Chris Rogers
Chris RogersSecretary
Wodonga TAFE
My role at Wodonga Institute of TAFE is Industry and Business Engagement. Located in Albury Wodonga, one of Australia’s largest and fastest-growing regional centres, Wodonga TAFE plays a vital role in working with the surrounding communities, enterprises, and individuals to ensure their success through learning. Wodonga TAFE delivers over 250 qualifications in a range of areas, including community services and health, engineering and metal fabrication, interior and building design, fashion, business, digital media, hospitality, fitness and outdoor recreation, horticulture, and general adult education.

The expertise I bring to my role on the Leadership Team is:
• Strategy and planning
• Business development
• Marketing
• Governance

Business Wodonga is the ‘voice’ for Wodonga’s business community to drive business growth, reduce business barriers, advance Wodonga’s future by supporting and nurturing businesses in the Wodonga and surrounding regions.

My interests are cycling, wakeboarding and basketball.

Renae Pitargue
Renae PitargueTreasurer
First Class Accounts

I am the owner of First Class Accounts Ovens & Murray, a franchise bookkeeping business providing exceptional, award winning bookkeeping services to small and medium sized businesses.

I have over 20 years of experience in the financial service industry, having operated my bookkeeping practice for the last 13 years. I have a strong understanding of the needs of small and medium size business in the local area.

For Business Wodonga to be a key network/connection provider and to be the hub of offerings for business owners, particularly learning & training opportunities – helping business owners be aware of the great events/training/workshops that are available to them.

I am a keen golfer and am very active in the local community: as a Justice of the Peace (VIC), Sport Albury Wodonga committee member and Treasurer of Victory Lutheran College P&F committee.

David Coleman
David ColemanOCM
Clean Transport Action

I am the Principal of Transficient. I help freight customers and logistics providers make better data-driven decisions that improve service, efficiency and profit. Clients save fuel, money and environmental impact while strengthening processes for regulatory compliance and competitive advantage.

I bring to the Leadership Team diverse business development and operational experience in the industrial, resources, food and fuel sectors around Australia for leading corporations and family enterprises, and recently began my own start-up venture to help business thrive in a zero-carbon world.

Wodonga truly can become a world class business community, and I joined to be part of a productive team that makes a real difference to achieve this vision. Business Wodonga can help members be better businesses in many ways, together strengthening local business activity and growing trade with regional, national and global markets.

I keep fit and active, playing footy with the Murray Crayfish AFL Masters and glamping around the regional festival and getaway circuit enjoying the spectacular natural beauty and friendly communities of our unique part of the world. Capital cities are fun to visit, but you can’t live there.

Wendy McInnes
Wendy McInnesOCM
Enviro Drapes and Shades
I am the owner / manager of ‘enviro drapes and shades’ where ‘we have all windows covered.’ We work closely with clients with made-to-measure window furnishings. We share the goal with clients to create their personal environment in their home to suit their requirements.

I provide as a business owner in the retail sector a different view and reflections to Leadership Team discussions and decisions, promoting retail at every opportunity.

My vision is to help create a future direction for Wodonga, to encourage the partnership of all shareholders from every sector of Wodonga and surrounding areas.

I enjoy reading, riding my Harley, grandchildren and sharing life with family and friends.

Deborah Culhane
Deborah CulhaneOCM
Marshall + Dent Lawyers
I am a senior associate with marshalls+dent+wilmoth at 119 Hume Street which is the Wodonga branch of the Melbourne based mid tier firm. We have experience in commercial law, sports and entertainment, tourism, e-commerce, litigation, family law, wills and estates.

I love seeing business flourish and I bring to the Board expertise in commercial leasing, contracts, marketing law and governance, areas of law that are as important for micro-businesses as for large enterprises.

My vision is a “stronger Wodonga” attracting businesses that think strategically and creatively to provide a strong, stable, vibrant commercial hub, offering a high level of goods and services, along with well-appointed recreational and arts facilities to support a rich cultural community.

I enjoy sailing and once did a Sydney to Hobart. I’m also passionate about music and playing my viola. Hence, I’m currently also on the Board of the Murray Conservatorium. I love living in this region, with its amazing variety of food, wines, walking tracks and cycle paths.

Simon Fisher
Simon FisherOCM
Property Valuer
I have operated my own Valuation and Property Advisory business in Wodonga since 1995.

I am Director of Fisher Property Advisors which provides independent valuations and advice on a wide range of property issues such as leasing, retail rental disputes, strategic investment, feasibilities and independent valuations.

I bring to the Business Wodonga Leadership Team expertise in the field of property (of relevance retail leasing), business development and client relations and have assisted with several subcommittees since joining the Team. I see Business Wodonga is making a substantial impression and positive impact on many local businesses who take the time to get involved and show support and initiative.

I have a vision Wodonga will grow exponentially in the future, coming off a relatively low economic base, particularly in retail following on from great infrastructure foundations currently being established.

I enjoy spending time with family, fishing, mountain bike riding, snow skiing and music.