Committee

 

The Noosa Chamber of Commerce and Industry committee is a team of dedicated volunteers who are committed to advancing local businesses.

Janet Kake - President

Janet is fifth generation in Noosa, from Kin Kin, the Bunney's and Playfords.  She moved to Brisbane in later years and started her own real estate company in 1995, buying a building in Toowong and employing 40 sales people.  She educated them in property and sales.  Janet sold over one billion dollars of property by caring about people, bringing key people together and understanding simple sales systems.  For the past 16 years Janet has resided on 43 acres on the Cooroy Mountain with her daughter and horses and is dedicated to supporting the Noosa people both in town and the hinterland.  Since 1995 Janet works with business to improve their bottom line through simple sales systems and her company Prime Science of Selling.  Janet also hosts many events including Fashionable Business Networking and Sales Congress NOOSA.  Her commitment to Noosa Chamber of Commerce is strong and her passion for the Noosa environment is overwhelming.

Darren Walters - Vice President

Darren started his company Ecotekk in 2015, after 15 years’ experience in Resort Management, the last 3 years as General Manager of Australis Noosa Lakes Resort. Recognising a need for a more sustainable business framework Ecotekk was formed, with a focus on reducing energy and environmental cost and offering Resorts with new and unique products and services to lessen their carbon footprint.

Ecotekk has grown in the last year to incorporate Noosa Electric Bikes: Hire, Tour and Sales to offer tourists an eco-friendly way to experience Noosa.

Darren’s exceptional flair for networking, innovative business ideas and enthusiasm has led him to hold positions on various business and community boards that focus on Sustainability, Tourism, the Noosa Biosphere and its future, as well as being a finalist in the Sunshine Coast Business Awards 2017.

Melanie Primmer - Secretary

Memories of idyllic childhood holidays spent at my grandparent’s property in Cooran in the northern
Sunshine Coast hinterland, were the driving force behind my decision to relocate to the Sunshine
Coast many years ago…and I’ve never looked back, only forward.
I have a long history with property from the role of assistant to real estate agent with training by
Janet Kake (now President of the Noosa Chamber of Commerce). I am now operating as in
independent real estate agent here in Noosa Heads.
Attracted to the industry through my passion for property and community, I love the multi-faceted
and fast pace of a day in the life of an agent…in fact, I revel in it. I am ever mindful that I am dealing
with the emotions of people parting with their most valuable asset and moving on with their lives, I
am a compassionate listener and have an irrevocable commitment to honest communication.
What particularly stands out for me about the Noosa Business Community is the unwavering
commitment to delivering excellent service, above and beyond the industry standard. Janet Kake
and the Noosa Chamber of Commerce and Industry have worked so hard to position the
management committee at the top of the business community, and ensure the Chamber members
emulate their example, assisted by inspiring mentors.
I live at Sunshine Beach with my children and partner Rob, and when not working, I love nothing
more than ambling along Noosa’s main beach at sunset with my family. I embrace a well balanced
mix between work and family, and also am an aficionado of social media. I am currently studying
Law and the University of Southern Queensland with my intention to specialise in the real estate and
business industries.
So, if you are looking for a highly organised and efficient agent with a personality that understands
people, I may very well just be the agent you are looking for. You can contact me directly on 0448
966 867.

Kristin Satyanadhan - Treasurer

Kristin has over 15 years experience in the international hotel industry, including event and revenue management. She relocated to the Noosa region in 2017 and now runs her own social marketing business while also building a career in the finance industry.

Kristin is passionate about supporting others in growing their business and being involved in the local business community. 

Caroline Edginton - Committee member

Corporate experience at executive level over a number of years has given me wide experience within a number of businesses either as an owner or in a consultancy role. 

Mostly, I have been involved in delivering services within the travel, tourism and technology sectors as a director of Jetcorp Pty Ltd.

Current projects include the designing of mobile applications for SME’s and NFP organisations.

In relocating to Noosa, from Sydney, it is my intention to remain involved in the business community locally and nationally. The Chamber provides the opportunity to become involved and also to contribute where there is a need.  

Noosa provides a wonderful work and lifestyle balance with the opportunity to enjoy the many outdoor activities as well as the cultural events.

Brendan Weatherill - Committee Member

Brendan Weatherill is a 4th generation Noosa and Sunshine Coast local who has unmatchable local knowledge and has great passion and enthusiasm for the region. Brendan has travelled to over 30 countries coming home to what he says is ‘The most dynamic, convenient and picturesque place in the world’.

Brendan has a diverse career in multiple industries and is currently exceeding in sales working as a licensed real estate agent with R&W Noosa. He is a known personality in hospitality, with experience in operations and project management he displays a professional approach with an impressive record of success, owning and operating Noosa businesses, developing, promoting and managing large-scale, high profile music and food festivals, and international-level sporting events. He excels at leading transformational programs and drives project execution from the front at a highly detailed level, overcoming major business and economic changes. Brendan thrives in environments that demand a multi-disciplinary approach and boasts a formidable record of success implementing and delivering complex and demanding initiatives. Known for entrepreneurial spirit, creative flair, commercial acumen and versatility of experience, together with a proven ability to apply high-level interpersonal skills to resolve complex, cross-functional challenges and motivate teams towards goal attainment.

Brendan enjoys surfing and appreciates the region with the abundance of natural activities on offer and, with his young family, takes time to explore the great outdoors.

Michael Tarrant - Committee member

Michael brings 25 years of academic experience and 10 years as a business owner in the field of sustainable tourism. He is Josiah Meigs Distinguished Teaching Professor and Director of Global Programs in Sustainability for the University of Georgia in the US, and former founding director and owner of American Universities International Programs Ltd where he worked with more than 20 US universities and colleges on educational study tours in the South Pacific.

Michael is widely published in the field of sustainable tourism and views tourism as an ideal avenue for sustainable growth and development. His adjunct faculty appointments include a position with Central Queensland University (Noosa) and University of Sunshine Coast (USC).

Originally from the UK, he lives in Sunshine Beach with his Kiwi wife Kate and tries desperately to stay fit enough to keep pace with his two young boys, Bray and Darcy.

Steven Boyd - Committee Member

Dr Steven Boyd is the program coordinator of the Bachelor of Property Economics and Development at the University of the Sunshine Coast.  Additionally Steven is the sole proprietor of a business based at Sunshine Beach.

Since 2001 he has been active in property funds management, valuation, consultancy and education. Steven is a Queensland Divisional Council member of the Australian Property Institute. In the past he contributed to the region's Property Council of Australia (PCA) and held the Chair for the Noosa Biosphere Economic Board.

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