Spending time on the water provides a sense of adventure and freedom. It’s a reward for hard work and a time to spend with family and friends. It’s about a life well lived. Overseeing an amazing team across seven world-class marinas in New South Wales and Victoria, my job to help every D’ALBORA Marina member gets the most from their days at sea. It’s a great job.

D’ALBORA is the largest marina group in Australia and we aim to be considered one of the best in the world. A part of this is making sure we’re kicking goals in our customer service, facility presentation and community engagement.

Another part is undertaking an ongoing leadership role within the marina sector and wider maritime industry, which is why I’ll be writing a regular blog. Over the coming months, this blog will discuss topics like innovation, environment, values, practical advice and maritime news. I’m hoping to kick-start a conversation with our members and the marine industry on a number of important topics that will impact our sector now and into the future.

What better place to start than the upcoming Marine 17 conference in Sydney, which will have a strong D’ALBORA influence. I’ll be joining a panel hosted by deckee.com including: Mike McKiernan, Founder and CEO of Deckee; Trent Bagnall, Founder of Slingshot; and Jessica Watson OAM, Communications Manager, Deckee. I’m honoured to be joining such great innovators to discuss the future of the maritime industry.

DALBORA has been nominated for four awards at the conference:

– Best Commercial Marina (140 Boats & Over)
– Best Innovation by a Marina
– Best Dry Stack Storage Facility
– Best Restaurant

I’m proud that D’ALBORA Marinas is nominated for such a wide range of awards and particularly proud of the recognition for our innovation program. I’ve been CEO of D’ALBORA for three years and a leader in the marina sector for fifteen, but relying on past experience isn’t enough to be considered the best.

Innovation takes many shapes, this blog is one example, and so too is D’ALBORA’s commitment to embracing the digital revolution. In the past eighteen months, we’ve redeveloped two of our marinas with the cutting-edge technologies (such as composite through-rods), built customer relaxation zones, launched an IOS App, and completed a whole of business rebrand including a rebuild of our website.

I’m looking forward to discussing more about our business and the marina industry in general over the coming months. If you’d like to learn more about membership, please head over to our website or contact our team on 1300 080 841.

See you on the water!