Members from the business community can nominate to be appointed to the committee for a period of one or two years, with the final decision made by Greater Shepparton City Council at the time of appointment.
The Shepparton Show Me Committee comprises twelve voting members including nine representative of the Shepparton business community, two Councillors and a representative from Council’s Executive.In addition to this there are also three non-voting Council representatives including a representative from Investment Attraction, Marketing & Communications, and the Shepparton Show Me Marketing Coordinator.
The committee meets once a month to discuss planned promotional activities, sponsorship applications and general issues concerning the Shepparton business community.
Business Community Representatives (Voting)
Simon Quattrocchi - Chair
Owner, Goulburn Valley Finance Brokers Term ends July 2019
Simon and his wife Fran have operated GV Finance Brokers for the past 15 years. Having arranged finance and solutions for a great number of clients, Simon brings a wealth of knowledge from a financial sector to the committee. As he deals with people from all aspects of the community, it allows him to gauge a greater understanding of local and business owners and their needs.
“Running your own business provides insight into many aspects to understanding the community and local interests.”
Shane Sali - Deputy Chair
Operations, Traffik, Shop 221 & Arcade Fashions Term ends July 2018
Shane is Shepparton born and bred. After spending close to four years working as a Telstra Business Account Manager for a local family operated Telstra store, Shane had the opportunity at the young age of twenty to manage a vast range of clients in differing sectors across Shepparton and Northern Victoria. He now brings that knowledge and experience to his family business; three independent women’s retail stores in the Shepparton CBD.
Shane sees it as a fantastic opportunity to work alongside his family, who have been in business for over forty years. This wealth of expertise enables Shane to bring a passionate approach to building a better Shepparton.
“I feel that with another proud and strong committee in place, Shepparton is set to benefit from the input of Shepparton Show Me.”
Owner, Next Office Tech Term ends July 2018
John is the owner of Next Office Tech; formally named Solar City Office Equipment, a business he co-founded 24 years ago. John manages a team of 15 staff and has grown the business to become one of the largest office equipment suppliers in rural Victoria.
He has also served on the Kialla West Primary School Council, during which time the school became one of the fastest growing rural schools in the area.
John has been a member of the Shepparton Show Me Committee since 2011.
“This is now my sixth year on the Shepparton Show Me Committee. We have worked towards promoting our town with many successful campaigns during this period. Our Christmas promotions I feel have been extremely successful, along with the Summer and Winter City Markets. I look forward to another exciting year working with other passionate Business Community members.”
Sense of Place Consulting. Term Ends July 2018
Carrie Donaldson is Principal with Sense of Place Consulting. A Goulburn Valley girl, Carrie is passionate about providence and connecting people to place through thoughtful, authentic tourism and events development and connected communications.
Carrie has extensive experience in the arts and creative industries, food, sport and business tourism combined with destination development and hallmark events delivery at both a local, national and international level.
Carrie holds a Masters of Business – Tourism Management from Victoria University, is certified in Prince 2 Project Management and is the current Executive Officer for Cultural Tourism Victoria, Vice President of Tourism Greater Shepparton and has been a former Board member of Tasmania’s South Regional Tourism Board, Goulburn River Valley Tourism and the Australian Marketing Institute.
“Shepparton Show Me is a group of passionate individuals all focussed on making Shepparton a prosperous and liveable community. I’ve really enjoyed the spirited discussions and efforts that have gone into supporting events and promoting Shepparton as a vibrant regional centre. Looking forward to another productive 12 months ahead”.
La Trobe University. Term Ends July 2019
Chris Reisner - Treasurer
Manager - Aussie Hotel. Term Ends July 2019
Kevin Hicks Real Estate. Term Ends July 2019
Collins Booksellers. Term Ends July 2019
Owner, Shepparton Pizzas. Term Ends July 2019
Greater Shepparton City Council Representatives (Voting)
Cr Les Oroszvary
Councillor, Greater Shepparton City Council
Les is a Police Prosecutor with 35 years’ experience. He is the Sergeant in Charge of Legal Services Shepparton. His mantra is all about accountability, transparency, integrity and the pursuit of best value outcomes for stakeholders and the community in general. He is here to listen, accept feedback good or bad and to improve the way Greater Shepparton City Council represents its community.
Cr Kim O'Keeffe
Councillor, Greater Shepparton City Council
Kim has run her own business in Shepparton for the past 28 years in the service and training industry. Kim expanded her business nationally taking on the role as National Education and Marketing Manager for the Salons Group and also has her own Make Up brand that is sold across Australia. She has worked with both small and large businesses and companies, who she continues to support and mentor.
"Greater Shepparton offers a wonderful lifestyle and really is a wonderful place to live and work."
Greater Shepparton City Council Representatives (Non-voting)
Manager Investment Attraction, Greater Shepparton City Council
Geraldine is responsible for management of a number of portfolios. Those specifically relating to Shepparton Show Me objectives include business and industry development, investment attraction, tourism, events, facility management, implementation of the CBD Strategy, the Greater Shepparton Business Centre, coordination of the Summer and Winter City Markets and grant facilitation. Geraldine is a Goulburn River Valley Tourism board member, La Trobe Regional Advisory board member, Food Bowl Inland Rail Alliance board member and an active participant in the Hume Economic Development Network.
“Shepparton Show Me is a key stakeholder working closely with Council’s Economic Development Department to deliver economic outcomes for Shepparton - increasing visitation through collaboratively bidding for, sponsoring and hosting key events and working on important initiatives such as the Great Things Happen Here Campaign and CBD revitalisation.”
Fiona Le Gassick
Manager Marketing and Communications, Greater Shepparton City Council
As part of her role, Fiona is responsible for overseeing and supporting Shepparton Show Me, including management of the Shepparton Show Me Marketing Co-ordinator position. Prior to coming to Greater Shepparton City Council in October 2012, she was the Business Development Manager at GOTAFE in Shepparton. Fiona’s background includes marketing and brand management, business development, customer service and staff management. She has been the director of two home based small businesses including Le Gassick Consulting, delivering strategic and business planning, marketing strategy development and tender and submission writing services.
“I would like to thank the SSM committee for their continuous support, leadership, passion and energy, which has contributed to Shepparton being recognised as a formidable regional city within Victoria.”
Mat Innes Irons
Marketing Coordinator, Shepparton Show Me
Mat brings a wealth of business planning, marketing, management and customer service knowledge and experience to the Marketing Co-ordinator role. He is a well-known identity in the Shepparton business community having owned and managed several businesses including Daiquiris, The Tatong Tavern, The Hotel Australia, The Must Winebar, Marimat Vineyard and most recently Friars Cafe. In addition to his role as Shepparton Show Me’s Marketing Co-ordinator, Mat is a partner in a wholesale wine business and catering business.
“The Shepparton Show Me driven Great Things Happen Here campaign has been the highlight this year. Everywhere we go throughout Greater Shepparton we find exceptional businesses doing amazing things.
Great Things Happen Here was centre stage with Usain Bolt at the Nitro Athletics in Melbourne, which helped to launch the regional bid for the Commonwealth Games. The Charles Wooley clad Thompson Kia van travelled the Hospice Car Rally displaying the 60 second Great Things television commercial and a series of vignettes highlighting some of our leading businesses.
There were many Shepparton Show Me sponsored events throughout the year which had a huge economic benefit to our city. The numerous basketball competitions, Challenge Triathlon, World Beach Volleyball Tour, the Summer and Winter Markets, Victorian Open Bowls, Spring Car Nationals, St Georges Road Food Festival and more.
The first Fryers Street Food Festival was a huge hit and is scheduled as an annual event.
The introduction of The Fun Starts Here has attracted visitors from far and wide running each school holiday period. The Shepparton Show Me Blue Santa attracted crowds everywhere he went through the Christmas period.
It has been a pleasure working with the Shepparton Show Me committee this year.”