Chamber brings leaders together

FIRST OF MANY MEETINGS TO COME... The Greater Shepparton Chamber of Commerce and Industry brought together regional industry leaders, from left, Chamber president, John Anderson, CEO SPC, Robert Giles, regional director Hume Victoria, Department of Regional Development, Matt Nelson, Greater Shepparton City Council Mayor, Cr Kim O’Keeffe, CEO Kreskas Bros Transport, Peter Hill and production manager Med-Con, Grant McGrath. Photo: Steve Hutcheson

THE halls of the Woolshed reception centre in Kialla once more proved to be the perfect location to bring industry leaders together to discuss the past, present and future.

Heading the discussion, three keynote speakers from prominent industries looked at how they transitioned through the pandemic and where they are heading into the future.

Leading the talk, Peter Hill, CEO of Kreska Brothers Transport talked about how his company dealt with maintaining COVIDsafe practice with an operation that handled around 80 percent of the shipping container traffic into the region. Like many businesses, it required significant hands on dealing between scheduling, loading, driving and vehicle upkeep.

Second speaker was Robert Giles, CEO of prominent Shepparton company, SPC who spoke about the evolution of the company since it was acquired from Coca Cola Amatil. The company is currently undertaking expansion in multiple directions and sees the company continuing to move in different directions on its trajectory to become a billion dollar company.

This is taking the form of realignment of the current operations along with strategic business acquisitions. The company is also undertaking a rebranding of its image in keeping with its redevelopment.

The third speaker was Grant McGrath, from Med-Con, a small company in Lemnos that shot to national prominence at the onset of the pandemic as being the only company equipped to manufacture face masks. Their journey required a substantial change in their operation to increase production several fold in the space of a few months.