About

About
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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. 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.

Shannon Dube
Shannon DubeMember Manager
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I am the Member Manager for Business Wodonga. I am new to the area and I bring a background in emergency services. This gives me a unique perspective that I am using to enhance current programs and develop new opportunities for our members.

I am excited to be a part of Business Wodonga’s growth into a vibrant, innovative network of classes, workshops, seminars and events that service the changing and evolving business needs of the members in our local area.

I have a small farm in the surrounding area and raise a wide variety of heritage and rare breeds of poultry, cattle and goats. I love reading newspapers from all over the world, listening to hours of podcasts on a huge range of subjects and playing competitive roller derby in my spare time.

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.

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.

Deborah Culhane
Deborah CulhaneSecretary
Marshall + Dent Lawyers

I am a sole practitioner lawyer and my firm is Duly Served Legal & Consulting”. My practice areas are commercial and property law, and I have experience supporting hospitality and tourism businesses and helping people change their lives by moving to lifestyle properties. I also support many other types of small businesses in the region and have clients throughout regional Australia.

I love seeing businesses flourish and I bring to the Board expertise in commercial leasing, contracts, marketing law, IT, IP 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 to provide a strong, stable, and vibrant commercial hub. I envisage Wodonga businesses offering high-value goods and services, in a rich cultural and creative community with well-appointed recreational and arts facilities.

I really enjoy sailing and once did a Sydney to Hobart. I’m also passionate about music and playing my viola. I love living in this region, with its amazing variety of food, wine, walking tracks and cycle paths.

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.

Brett DrinnanVice President
North East Regional Manager Dyson Group of Companies

Continuing a 25+ year career in road transport, I arrived in Wodonga in 2008 after taking up the role as North East Regional Manager for the Dyson Group of Companies, transferring across from the Moama. Responsible for the Operation here in Wodonga with 60 Staff & 40 vehicles, along with a variety of vehicles and Staff throughout NSW stretching to Bathurst in the north and Condobolin in the west. I am passionate about our Region and want to see continued success and growth for many years to come. The resilience, toughness and community spirit of this Region holds me in awe.

Our Region is the premier place to work and live and by supporting business to grow and prosper, we will continue to be one of the fastest-growing regional centres in Australia.

John Gibbons
John GibbonsOCM
Personnel Group- Chief Operations Officer

I am the COO at The Personnel Group, a large not for profit employment service based here in Wodonga, but delivering services across most of regional NSW and VIC.

I joined Business Wodonga in 2014 (Wodonga Chamber at the time) because I believe that having a strong business community is at the heart of having a great place to live, work and raise a family. When our community prospers, all our lives improve, from the most affluent to the most disadvantaged in our community.

I love all the best things about this place we live – great food and wine, the outdoors lifestyle, country sport and racing, and our sense of community.

Terry Kerr
Terry KerrOCM
MYNYX

My wife, Helen, and I have a micro-enterprise, Mynyx Pty. Ltd., that we run from our home. We provide several first aid and related courses. We both have a broad range of emergency medicine and nursing experience from our service in the Australian Army. We started Mynyx to address what we believe to be a shortfall in the first responder treatment available in our community. Being from a micro-enterprise I understand the challenges that entails.

I bring not only a representation for the smaller member businesses but also a different perspective to the Board’s deliberations. Positioned in the nexus between Government, state-based peer organisations and local businesses, I believe Business Wodonga has an opportunity to be a catalyst for business growth and evolution in Wodonga. I have a passion for music and spend a lot of time simply listening to music.

John DayOCM
North East Water

I currently work with North East Water as the Executive Operations. My role is to manage the day to day core activities of the corporation in delivering water and waste water service delivery to the North East region.
I have been with North East Water for 9 years. In that, time I have held various board positions in the water industry and education. I have filled director roles on the Catholic Education Wodonga board and the Water Industry Operations Association board.

I grew up in Albury and attended the Albury High School. After leaving school, I completed my apprenticeship with an engineering company in Albury then left to travel overseas, coming back to work at the Australian Newsprint Mills where I found my passion for the water industry. Stints in the Northern Territory and the Goulburn Valley in leadership roles delivering water related outcomes lead me back to Wodonga where I have settled with my wife Kim and our 3 children.

Craig Cleary
Craig ClearyOCM
MP Training + Recruitment

I have lived in Wodonga for the past 35 years and been involved in school, sport and business for all that time. The first 10 years of my working life were as a stock and station agent/ auctioneer, then I owned and managed Sportspower in Albury for 19 years. I moved to The Border Mail in 2009 and became the Advertising Manager. For the last 4 years, I have been the General Manager of MP Training & Recruitment. I am passionate about local business and the Wodonga community and would love to keep as much money in our town as possible. I think Business Wodonga can help with this and connect people to build relationships and make it possible. A couple of fun facts are that I played football for Wodonga in the 80’s and 90’s and in the late 2000’s I completed 4 Murray River paddling marathons.