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BOARD OF DIRECTORS

AARON TREVIS

Bachelor of Engineering (Mining)

Founder, CEO and Managing Director

Aaron Trevis is a Mining Engineer and Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. As Founder and Managing Director, Aaron is the driver of the Surf Lakes™ project. Aaron has a diverse leadership and management background, covering underground coal mining, executive search and national leadership of a large not-for-profit organisation. He also consults in business development for a national not-for-profit. As a keen surfer, he has the passion to bring waves to the masses and make surfing a main-stream sport that can be enjoyed in any location.

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DR CHRIS HAWLEY

PHD (Engineering), Bachelor of Engineering, Grad Dip Business

Executive Director

Chris Hawley has worked as an engineer and project manager across a range of industries; R&D, technology development/start-up, heavy industrial, mining, ports and infrastructure.  His background includes extensive experience in detailed electrical design, as well as auditing, project and contract management.  Chris works regularly with large theme parks and brings current working knowledge of practices and standards relevant to the design and operations of Surf Lakes™. Chris is also the founder of Engenuity Solutions, a specialist engineering firm based on the Gold Coast.

REUBEN BUCHANAN

AFSL 390786

Non-Executive Director

Reuben has over 20 years’ experience in the finance, investment and media industries. He founded of Wealth Creator Magazine in 2002, which he later sold in 2005. Then joined Integral Capital Group as a Corporate Advisor until 2010 where he participated in over $200m in capital raisings and corporate transactions. In 2008, Reuben co-founded Wholesale Investor with Steve Torso. Wholesale Investor is a financial media company that promotes private investment opportunities to it’s database of over 16,000 investors. Reuben founded Axstra Capital in 2010, which specialises in private and pre-IPO capital raisings, as well as IPO’s. Since 2010, Axstra has raised over $100m in equity for its clients. In Feb 2015, Axstra was the Sole Lead Advisor to the Martin Aircraft (ASX:MJP) IPO, which listed on the ASX, raising $27m in equity at a total market cap of $100m.

 

EXECUTIVE MANAGEMENT TEAM

WAYNE DART

Bachelor of Communications (Journalism)

Media Director

Wayne Dart has been involved in the surf industry since the mid-80s. First a judge and administrator at local, state, national and international levels Wayne progressed to commentating and announcing at local and national surfing events. In 2000 Wayne become manager of Tracks magazine and numerous divisions including Waves Surfing Magazine, Australian Surf Girl Magazine, Australasian Dirt Bike Magazine, Australian Mountain Bike Magazine, 20/20 BMX Magazine, tracksmag.com, adbmag.com, Outdoor Magazine, Australian Skateboarding Magazine and more. In 2005 Wayne joined the ASP International (n ow WSL – World Surf League) to become Media Director and manager of media distribution for all ASP tour entities, including the World Qualifying Series and Championship Tours. He left ASP in 2007 Wayne to start his own businesses. Tod ay he is the owner of Corporate Wellness Australia Pty Ltd – a leading health provides to large corporations around Australia. He remains a p art time writer for Australian Surf Business Magazine. Throughout his years Wayne has worked with, for and alongside most of the surfing industry’s “big wigs” in a number of c a pa cities and still maintains close relationships with many of the world’s top professional surfers.

 

MARK “OCCY” OCCHILUPO

Surf Industry Advisor

Mark Occhilupo began surfing at age 9 at Cronulla. By his mid-teens Occhilupo or “Occy” had quickly progressed to become one of the sports most prolific athletes when in 1984 (aged 16) he snuck in past surfing’s old guard and into the world top 16.With his defined power attack, the goofy footer laid claim to some of the best backhand performances ever seen in locations such as Bells Beach and Jeffrey’s Bay, while also dominating in the more testing condition of Pipeline Hawaii, where he won the Pipe Masters in 1985. In 1988 Occy drifted away from competition surfing but returned almost 10 years later to professional surfing world stage and in 1999 he finally claimed his much-deserved world champion crown (at age 33) and he continued to test his mettle on the world surfing tour until competition retirement in 2006. Occy is renowned for influencing three generations of surfers both with his unbridled wave riding flair and his charismatic and extremely likeable nature.
Career Highlights:

  • 1985 Pipeline Masters
  • 1998 Rip Curl Bells Beach
  • 1999 Gotcha Tahiti Pro
  • 1999 Quicksilver Pro Fiji
  • 1999 Billabong Pro Mandaka
  • 1999 ASP World Champion

 

KIT SIDWELL

Master of Engineering (Product Development)

Lead Mechanical Engineer

Kit is a Master’s degree-qualified engineer with specialisation in Product Development. His degree combines the disciplines of mechanical engineering and industrial design, with extension into product innovation and management. Over the past 8 years he has gained experience in several industrial fields (including aircraft, hovercraft, surfboard manufacturing, mineral processing, yacht building), working for manufacturing and construction firms and as a self-employed designer and manufacturer. Kit has worked in Australia, New Zealand, the UK and USA in management and technical capacities.


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