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DQ Board

Chairman

Matt Hollyer

I was elected to the DQ Board in 2013 as the Activities Sector Representative and became Board Chair 18 months ago.  As a Director and Chairman of DQ I've thoroughly enjoyed being part of an organisation that makes a difference to the business environment we operate in.

I'm the General Manager at Shotover Canyon Swing and Fox, and have been since 2005. A GM in a mid-sized company requires a broad range of management skills and this array of knowledge helps me relate to and support the challenges the CEO and his team face.  I'm working close to the front-line of tourism services and fully appreciate Queenstown’s market dynamics and the expectations of customers - it is them who make our destination tick.

I arrived in Queenstown 20 years ago and after two years of seasonal work had 7 years in sales and operations roles with Tourism Holdings Limited.

I hold a degrees from the University of Otago in Marketing, Management and Physical Education and in recent years have completed a Masters of Entrepreneurship.

Chris Ehmann

Chris Ehmann, a Vancouver native moved to Queenstown in April 2014 to take up the position of General Manager of Hilton Queenstown and Doubletree by Hilton Queenstown. With more than two decades experience in Europe, the Middle East and Australasia, Ehmann has a solid grasp and personal enthusiasm for the tourism industry.

Having served two years on the Board of the Adelaide Convention Bureau, he brings with him experience to support and help position Queenstown to compete on the world stage of meetings and business whilst creating the destination profile to international buyers.

Ehmann’s desire to settle with his family in the region long-term, combined with a strong community spirit, has inspired him to approach Destination Queenstown to join in the next phase of development ensuring Queenstown furthers its reputation as a premier travel destination.

Ehmann graduated with an MBA from Henley Management College in Oxfordshire, England in 2001. He since furthered his studies at the Cornell-Nanyang Institute as well as the International Institute for Management Development in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Michael McMillan

Currently manager of Blue Peaks Lodge and Apartments, Queenstown. Nine years in this business with responsibility for financial management, communication, sales and marketing, property management, staff management, business planning, legislative compliance and risk management.

Formerly small business owner and operator, service industry in Christchurch.

Prior to that time involved in education management: teaching, training, review, assessment and examination (national), curriculum development and syllabus preparation (national), school management and development.

Worked primarily in New Zealand and experience working in United Kingdom (1yr) and United Arab Emirates (3yr)

Member of Hospitality NZ and committee member of the HNZ Central Otago branch. Have spent 3 years as a board member of the Destination Queenstown Board.

Jonathan Browne

An offer to relocate to Queenstown as GM of SKYCITY a little over 2 years ago was an opportunity too good to pass up.

That move has proven to be positive on the business and family front, having become immersed in the local  Queenstown community that I am now passionate about seeing prosper and grow successfully for the future. 

Prior to moving to Queenstown, I have spent 25 years in the tourism and hospitality industry, which has taken me around the world in varying capacities, and more recently to Wellington and Auckland in senior management positions and business ownership.

This practical experience when combined with having studied tourism and marketing at Otago and an MBA at Victoria, provides me with a sound perspective when focusing on the business of tourism and hospitality management.

Glyn Lewers

Glyn Lewers is a Structural Engineer with Airey Consultants based in Frankton. He initially gained a Surveying degree from Otago University, obtaining his license both in New Zealand and Western Australia. He spent ten years in Australia working in the Mine and Marine sectors developing fixed plant asset management plans and also planning and supervising safety critical infrastructure repairs. During this time he obtained his Engineering Degree, with First Class Honours.

Mr. Lewers returned to New Zealand in 2012 with his wife, Bridget and two children, Ryan and Aidan. Since his return, Mr. Lewers has involved himself with the community by being a junior rugby coach since 2015, and he is the current chairman of the Frankton Community Association, a position he has held for the last three years. Glyn is a member of the Queenstown Golf Club, which allows him to unsuccessfully lower his handicap, when time allows.

 

Matthew Day

I’m the Commercial Director for the Real Journeys group of companies.  My wife Olivia and I moved to Queenstown with our two young boys in 2015. 

My career background is in the development of tourism and infrastructure businesses.  My focus has been to identify opportunities to deliver remarkable experiences, and then to build coalitions of willing people to make them reality.  As well as my role at Real Journeys, I’m also currently a board member of Shaping Our Future Inc. 

Queenstown is an extraordinary place with extraordinary opportunities.  I believe that our core role as business leaders is to realise those opportunities in a way that builds our whole community.  I am seeking to contribute to DQ at this critical time as we pivot toward value over volume and address the many challenges facing our amazing destination. 

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