The Australian International Marine Export Group held its Annual General Meeting at the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron Thursday, where they elected their board for the 2016 year.
Richard Chapman was re-elected as President with Matthew Johnston continuing as Vice President. Stephen Vincent was appointed Treasurer and the following directors were appointed: Alistair Murray, Alan Steber, Barry Jenkins, Carl Amor, Jeremy Spear, Sean Griffin and Murray Owen reappointed as the Superyacht Division representative on the board.
Chapman also thanked the valuable contribution and support received from Brett Vorhauer who was standing down from the board. “Brett’s experience in business and input into the association has been valuable and he will be missed on the board," he said.
In his Chairman’s report Chapman said:
“The close of the 2014/15 financial year saw the value of the Australian dollar go down against most overseas currencies, especially the US dollar. We have already seen members reporting stronger sales due to the continuing decline of the Australian dollar and hopefully this will invigorate new members to join AIMEX to chase export sales.
The year was another exceptional year of activity for AIMEX which included the formation of the Australia Commercial Marine Industry group, (ACMG). Now we have three groups under one umbrella, AIMEX, ACMG and Superyacht Australia, uniting the industry and focusing on initiatives to maximize export sales and benefits to Australian marine exporters, increasing awareness of the commercial industry sector and attracting Superyachts to visit Australia and undertake their refit and repairs during their time here. Australian capability in all sectors is world renown and we must ensure we continue to market our expertise globally in the coming year."