• David Holley - Peters & May CEO
    David Holley - Peters & May CEO

Two marine industry heavyweights will share insights from their respective careers and companies when the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show (SCIBS) hosts its annual Industry Trade Breakfast on Friday, May 24.

The Boat Works owner Tony Longhurst and Peters & May CEO David Holley will headline the much-anticipated event, which will be attended by members of the Australian and international marine and trade industries at the InterContinental Sanctuary Cove Resort.

SCIBS General Manager Johan Hasser said the Industry Trade Breakfast had scored a coup in attracting such influential speakers.

“We are thrilled to host guests of the calibre of Tony and David, who possess a wealth of knowledge about the marine industry both in Australia and abroad,” he said.

“As the owner of The Boat Works at Coomera, Tony oversees a multi-million-dollar operation featuring world-class facilities and has just announced expansion plans that will further enhance its reputation.

“Meanwhile, David will share his perspective as CEO of renowned bespoke logistics company Peters & May, which has a unique view of the marine industry as the more boats they are shipping around the world, the more positive it is for the health of the sector.

“The SCIBS Industry Trade Breakfast is a rare opportunity for audiences to hear from two men with plenty to say about the current landscape and what the future holds for their companies.”

While Mr Longhurst is a familiar face on the Gold Coast, Mr Holley has developed his understanding of the worldwide logistics industry while managing local offices in the Middle East and United States.

Having joined Peters & May in 2008, he rose to CEO in 2011 and has overseen extensive growth for the Peters & May Group, which now has nine offices strategically placed around the world, a network of exclusive handpicked agents and a turnover of more than A$100 million.

Mr Holley is also the vice-chair of a breast cancer charity and chairman of the Peters & May Foundation.

Mr Hasser said the SCIBS Industry Trade Breakfast would provide exhibitors and businesses with a chance to network, entertain clients and introduce trade buyers to their products.

“Our goal is to provide our exhibitors with every chance of success and the Industry Trade Breakfast is a key part of helping them achieve that,” he said.

“While visitors love coming to SCIBS, so much business at the event happens away from the public’s eyes. The chance for our exhibitors to meet with other businesses, share ideas and explore possible opportunities ensures the Industry Trade Breakfast is a must-attend event.

“It also comes on the back of ASMEX, allowing a chance for guests to discuss topics stemming from the conference and lay a positive foundation for the remaining three days of the boat show.”

SCIBS 2019 will bring together more than 45,000 visitors and 300-plus exhibitors from May 23-26, all descending on Sanctuary Cove’s spectacular waterfront location.

Considered one of the most important B2B events on the Australian boating calendar, the event is endorsed by Tourism & Events Queensland and a member of the International Federation of Boat Show Organisers

The 2019 SCIBS Industry Trade Breakfast will be held from 7am-8.45am on Friday, May 24, with a $69 ticket including breakfast, coffee and complimentary entry into SCIBS. An $89 offer also includes day-long car parking.

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