New Chair & Vice Chair Announced At EGMI

28-Nov, 2017

Bob Carter & Jaime Savory, the new EGMI chairs

After serving nine years as the founding Chair of East Gippsland Marketing Inc. (EGMI), prominent local identity Richard Rijs resigned from the Board at the recent Annual General Meeting and consequently vacated his position as Chair.  

EGMI is a not-for-profit organisation established to raise the profile of the East Gippsland region and help attract investment, increase visitation and entice skilled workers. EGMI is led by a volunteer Board of Management.  

The incoming EGMI Chair is Bob Carter who has been on the Board for seven years, the past two years as Vice Chair. Jaime Savory has been elected to the position of Vice Chair, while Tim Morrison returns to the position of Treasurer. 

“Richard Rijs has been an outstanding, long term contributor to EGMI,” said Bob Carter. 

“His commitment to East Gippsland has been without peer. As the major shareholder and Managing Director of Patties Foods, Richard had an unrelenting commitment to the publicly listed business, yet still found the time and energy to make an enormous contribution to our community.” 

“Even in retirement from Patties, Richard’s community passion and support continued unabated. A sustained contribution at the highest level over 9 years, for which the entire Board, staff and stakeholders are grateful, is to be applauded.”  

As 2017 ends, new challenges lie ahead for EGMI in 2018 and beyond. The Board recently conducted a thorough review of their operations, drawing on the guidance of an external and professional facilitator. 

“While we will remain true to our core live-work-invest objectives, there will be change ahead for EGMI in 2018,” said Bob Carter. 

“More than ever before, we will be drawing on the collective talents of EGMI Board members to develop and implement major new programs in 2018.” 

“Our Board is one of the most talented and diverse Boards in the region. We have leading people representing property, architecture, finance, law, health, marketing, governance, town planning, tourism and employment.”  

“We want to make a difference to the way East Gippsland is perceived by the market. There are some unique regional attributes to build on; our produce, the lakes system, adventure opportunities as well as our gateway to the alpine region.”  

The East Gippsland region operates in a highly competitive business environment with shires and regions in Victoria and across Australia all actively promoting themselves to attract business, tourist and investors. 

EGMI is currently in the process of conducting interviews to appoint a replacement Board member created by Richard Rijs retirement. An announcement will be made by 1 December 2017.  

EGMI is supported by three Marquee Supporters being the East Gippsland Shire Council, Workways Australia and Patties Foods. A further 90 businesses in East Gippsland extend financial support as stakeholders, equally committed to seeing East Gippsland grow and prosper.


EGMI Board

Bob Carter Chair Connexion
Jamie Savory Vice Chair Gippsland Financial Solutions
Tim Morrison Treasurer Crowe Horwath
Adam Bloem   Elders
Bryan McCormick   Workways
Chris Martin   King & Heath
Courtney Campbell   Development Solutions Victoria
David Cameron   Cameron Outdoor
Ian Harrison   Metung Accomodations
Martin Richardson   The Right Man
Patrick Carson   SLAP Architects
Therese Tierney   Bairnsdale Regional Health Service
Karly McCaskill   Marketing Manager
Hayley Hardy   Stakeholder Management
Megan Richardson   Marketing / Administration Officer

Contact Details

East Gippsland Marketing Inc.

PO Box 1753, Bairnsdale, Vic, 3875
Telephone: (03) 5152 3677